Digital Photography Courses. Portrait Photography Course Flash & Studio Lighting - Tel 0116 279 6906 email

Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


Nature = Nature & Bird Photography Course at Rutland Water. Oakham


Course Timings


9.30-945am Arrival + Refreshments

12.30pm Lunch Break 5pm Finish


Course Requirements

Digital SLR Camera & lens

Telephoto lens or zoom.

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun

Tripod & Remote release

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out.For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit


Creative lighting Course - Sun 26th November 2017 - Spaces

During this photography course you will learn how to take:

Pictures from the Previous Creative Flash Course

Student Gallery from the Creative Lighting Course in February 2012

Nikon SB800 flashgun

Using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. The Creative Lighting Photography Course aims to change this scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more creative and interesting lighting.

Ideally you will require a separate flashgun and a remote trigger to fire the flash off the camera. You can use our flash kit if required but you not be able to repeat the techniques at home without your own equipment.

Manfrotto MK190XPRO4 Tripod + X-Pro 3-Way Head at £209 at Wex

Book a Creative Lighting Photography Course £135 -

Creative lighting Course - Sun 27th November 2017 - Spaces

Please contact me to confirm the Private Tuition dates before booking 

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Course also available a 121 or 221 private tuition day - More Info


Private Tuition Options - 121 £325 or 221 £199

Peper SpalshIf you would like to learn how to use studio flash lighting to a semi-professional standard we suggest a One to One Private Tuition day for £325. This tuition includes many more studio lighting techniques plus Photoshop tuition on background clean up for that super bright white background look. This is also available as a 221 "Bring a Friend" option for £450. Please call or email for details.

Nikon Flashguns - SB600, SB700, SB800, SB900 or SB910

Nikon SB800 flashgunA separate flashgun with a flash extension lead is a really useful accessory for this course, but not essential, as we will be able to demonstrate using our equipment. I also recommend a tripod and remote cable release if possible.

The SB600 can only be controlled as a remote slave flash only but all the others can be used as a master & a slave flash. This will be explained on the course.


Canon Flashguns - 430EX, 580EX or 600EX (or EX11's)

Canon 430 EX

A separate flashgun with a flash extension lead is a really useful accessory for this course, but not essential, as we will be able to demonstrate using our equipment. I also recommend a tripod and remote cable release if possible.

The 430EX can only be controlled as a remote slave flash but all the others can be used as a master & a slave flash. This will all be explained on the course.

Third Party Flashguns

Just like buying third party lenses from Tamron or Sigma it's also possible to buy flash guns from makers like Metz, Nissin, Yongnuo and others. I have to admit I have not had a lot of dealings with some of these other makes so please ensure you let me know which gun you have so I can research your model before the course. You need to buy the correct model and fitting for your camera. Please also bring your instruction manual.

Yongnuo YN-568EX TTL SpeedliteFlash with High Speed Sync

Yongnuo are well known for their virtual clone models of Canon flashguns and accessories but they also make models to fit Nikons.
Up until recently Yongnuos lacked High Speed Sync (HSS) which is the ability to be able to use fast shutter speeds outdoors for fill flash.
This was something I really missed until the Yongnuo YN-568EX TTL Flash came along and allows HSS to be used on cameras like the Nikon D7000 series and above.

Yongnuo YN-568EX TTL Flash for Speedlite HSS Nikon D7000 plus others

There is also a Canon variant which can be found here Yongnuo YN-568EX II Master Flash TTL HSS for Speedlite Canon 5D 7D 60D 50D plus others

Firing an Off Camera Flash

This can be done with an extension cable, a radio transmiiter and receiver or system using the pop up flash built into some cameras - like the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS).

Try doing a search for 10m TTL Flash Cord on eBay or visit a your local camera store. Thay are about £30

They are more commonly available in 3m lengths for about £15 but these are really a bit too short though you could join two together.

Yongnuo YN-622N or 622c TTL Wireless Flash Triggers

TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver For Nikon or Canon at about £55

Using Digital FSK 2.4GHz frequency band with 7 channels, it has three modes, i-TTL, Manual and Multi, and it can fire flashes at 360 degree direction, the operating range is 100 metres. It supports FEC, FEB, FEL, High-speed Sync, 1st. Curtain, 2nd. Curtain, Modeling flash, i-TTL Group Ratio (ALL/A:B/A:B C), Manual/Multi group (ALL/ A:B/ A:B:C), Manual and Multi mode, Auto Zooming, Manual Zooming, AF Lamp.

Suggested Tripods from Wex Photographic

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminium Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head at Wex £149

Manfrotto MK190XPRO4 Tripod + X-Pro 3-Way Head at £209 at Wex

Which is the best Nikon flash gun to buy?

I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Nikon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.

Nikon SB700 Speedlite About About £230.00

MushroomsThis Speedlite uses Nikons latest i-TTL metering technology for spot on exposures, It's a powerful but sensible priced main flash for general photography. The SB-700 also offers fully automatic exposure control when used in groups with other SB-700 Speedlites, controlled either by a Master SB-800 or the new Commander function of the new DSLRs like the D300, D700,D7000, D90 and D3s.

NIKON SB900 Speedlite
About: £325
The powerful and versatile Nikon SB900 Speedlite is a professional i-TTL Speedlite compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (NCLS). These means it can be used in a multiple flash set up with other SB900s or SB600 to allow for several creative lighting scenarios for portrait or product photography. The power output and exposure can be controlled through the pop up flash and CLS menu on the Nikon D300 and D700 or by another SB900 or transmitter on the D3s.

Which is the best Canon flash gun to buy?

I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Canon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.

CANON Speedlite 580EX II about £375.00
This professional level speedlite is powerful and versatile with a bounce head and the ability to be a master or slave flash in a multiple lighting set-up. It's the ideal companion to any of the enthusiast through to pro cameras.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX II £199.99 is the baby brother to the 580 EX and as such is slightly less powerful. It can be used as a slave unit when used in conjunction with a 580 EXll or a transmitter. This flash would be a good choice for one of the amateur systems.

Can I use these flashguns remotely?

The speedlite can be used with a remote wireless transmitter which will fire several flash guns. This is useful for multiple flash lighting set-ups for portraits and product protography.

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Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

email - or call 0116 279 6906

Student Testimonials

Great course and really enjoyed it. I will be attending another one soon. Steve Bluett

I thought this course might not be a lot of use to me but how wrong I was. I now have something to keep me occupied on those dreary wet days. If you are in any doubt then come on this course. It’s well worth it.
Dave Allen

Great course as always. Much better idea about lighting and using the flash. Di Norwood.

I learnt a great deal from the course content and also through questioning Glen who invariably knew the answer and explained techniques and aspects related to my camera both fully and carefully. I feel considerably more confident in managing my flashgun now and I look forward to practising the skills. Peter Lawrance.

Excellent course which packed a lot in as usual. I can’t wait to try the techniques out at home. My mind is buzzing with ideas. Chris Bluett.

A good course where I learnt a lot in the day. I’m looking forward to doing the next course. Paul Stanley

Thank you Glen for another fabulous course. The balance between theory and practical was just right as always and everything was explained in an easy to understand way. I’m no longer scared of my flashgun and I’m looking forward to practising my new skills.
Jane Allwright

As always a good day with just the right balance of theory and practical. Lots of new techniques learned and much more to do to hone them. Phil Marriott. An excellent fun day again and I have the photo for my kitchen wall I wanted. Robin Elms

As ever I found the theory and practical extremely useful and I would definitely recommend this course to others. It contained many practical tips and was great fun. Darrell whitehead on the Creative Lighting Course.

Darrel Smoke

Another excellent course and I really enjoyed it. Already producing pictures with much better lighting. Fantastic!
Di Norwood

Di Norwood - Creative Lighting Photography Course

Great course but 7 hours was not long enough. I could have played for much longer. Im looking forward to practising with my flash more.

Cat Thompson

Creative Lighting Photography Course - Cat Thompson

The most fun you can have with a baking tray and some water
Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis - Creative Lighting Course

Another enjoyable day. I don't think I will ever use direct flash again. I would certainly recommend this course and I can't wait to go out and put it into practice my new skills.
Gordan Catchpole

This was an extension to the basic Digital SLR course. Glen's simple explanations followed by practical examples and practice work really well. I'm much more confident now in taking photographs in a variety of situations.
Marc Darling

A fantastic day and I have learnt so much. The practical aspects are really enforced by the theory. I feel in a very good position to take my photography onwards with the re-assurance that I can contact Glen for some excellent support and advice. Thank you.
Claire Vink

I wanted to learn how to get the best out of my camera and every question was answered. A very good course which I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn about their camera. There is so much to learn in one day.
Bally Nagra