★★★★★ Barbara – Interesting day packed full of info and opportunities to experiment. James is a knowledgeable presenter with good skills in all areas.
★★★★★ Andy – Excellent workshop. I’ve had my flashgun for years but never really knew how to get the best from it. James opened my eyes to possibilities that I just hadn’t (and would never have!) thought of. Using fill flash outside was a revelation. Thank you, and I’ll be back for the Macro course with James soon.
★★★★★ Nick – This was a very interesting and worthwhile workshop. James’ knowledge of all the different flashgun and trigger systems that the students had was impressive, how he does it I do not know. We had great fun and got great results. Sorry about getting the tables so wet, we got a bit carried away with dropping the strawberries into the water!
Many photographers own a flashgun but very few have really unlocked the full potential of this powerful piece of equipment. This course has been put together to help you get the most out of using this powerful, but sometimes daunting, technology to enhance your photography.
The word photography was created from Greek words effectively meaning “Drawing with light” and with flashguns this becomes more relevant than ever. Being able to manipulate and control the light as you desire to create your image opens a whole new world of photographic opportunity.
On the day we will talk you through how a flashgun works with your camera, the various modes in which it can operate and some of the more advanced features and settings available. This will include use of high-speed, front and rear curtain sync. As well as this we will help you get your head around operating flashes wirelessly from your camera and the various methods available for doing so. And if you want to get creative then the use of modifiers will interest you as well – learn how to shape, colour and bend light to your desire!
All of these elements will be covered in a mixture of theory, demonstration and most importantly – practical experience! We aim to work both inside and outside the training room to give you as much variety as possible.
We will also have a model to use for a 2 hour session to really give you the opportunity to practice your new skills.
The course itself will be broken down into the following areas;
• Introduction / Fundamentals of photography (Aperture / Shutter / ISO)
• What is a flashgun? (Types, brands, key specifications)
• Modes of operation (TTL, Manual, Rear Curtain Sync, High Speed Sync)
• Modifiers and shaping light (Coloured gels, soft boxes etc.)
• Going Off Camera (Methods of triggering, benefits of each, setting up your kit)
● DSLR or mirrorless camera
● Recommended you bring your own flashgun and remote trigger sets (Advice available on contact/booking)
● Range of equipment available for loan on the day
Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration. Included in the price is:
● Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio
● Loan of flashgun equipment
● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
The Tutor – James Andrews
James has been working in training full time for over a decade and in 2018 took on a role managing ProHides – a wildlife photography project on an organic farm in Wiltshire. Previously James had been responsible for the development of courses and tutors at Jessops Academy photography school and helped thousands of customers from beginner level up to the working professional to get more out of their equipment.
Because of his career there’s not much that James hasn’t photographed! He’s been fortunate enough to travel in pursuit of wildlife and sports opportunities as well as photographing events and commercial work in the UK. Nowadays it’s not unusual to find him tracking down wildlife or working on a new camera trap on the organic farm where he works.
A massive passion is education though and during his university degree he looked at becoming a high school teacher before opportunities arose with Jessops to work for their training team.
In terms of equipment James has had extensive hands on experience with pretty much all brands because of his training past – he currently shoots on a mixture of Sony and Canon equipment and strongly believes that 3rd party equipment should never be underestimated.