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Off-Camera Flash Photography

with Neil van Niekerk
Put your subjects in their best light no matter what the setting by taking your speedlight off-camera and creating fantastic portraits with Neil van Niekerkís expert flash techniques.

Whether you’re an aspiring professional or a passionate enthusiast, you’ll gain valuable insights as Neil leads you through his shooting strategies in a variety of settings, both indoors and out. Learn the most effective methods of controlling your camera to prevent shake using remote flash with optical and radio sensors. See how to set your metering properly using both manual and through-the-lens (TTL) modes. You’ll diffuse your light using soft boxes, umbrellas and other gear and get tips for positioning and directing your subject. With Neil’s professional techniques and feedback, you’ll soon have magazine-quality photos of your clients, family and friends!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Intro to Off-Camera Flash

  • Meet Neil and see great examples of effective use of off-camera flash photography, with a discussion of location and subject positioning.


Lesson 2. Gear & Setup


Lesson 3. Using a Speedlight


Lesson 4. Exposure Metering Techniques


Lesson 5. Perfect Portrait: From Speedlight Setup to Posing


Lesson 6. Shooting Against Bright Light


Lesson 7. Soft Light Outdoors


Lesson 8. Harsh Light Outdoors


Lesson 9. Using Two Speedlights

"My photography has improved greatly due to the techniques taught in this class. I've learned how to use off-camera flash to enhance my portraits, eliminating unwanted shadows and showing the subjects in their best light! Thank you, Neil, and thank you, Craftsy! "
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Southern California

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