Digital Photography Courses. Speedlight Flash Photography Course - 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


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Course Timings


1.30pm-2pm Arrival + Refreshments

2pm-5pm Portrait photography session

5pm-5.30pm Break

5.30 - 8pm Low-light Session:


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Tripod and or monopod

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


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


Flash Course - Sat 7th October 2017 - Spaces

This is a Level Two course so you will need to have attended a beginners course first. During this photography course you will learn about :

Learn How to Use a Speedlite Flashgun

Nikon SB800 flashgun

Using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. The Flash 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.

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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.

Yongnuo RF-603 Radio Flash Shutter Trigger - Non TTL

Yongnuo RF-603 Radio Flash Shutter TriggerWorks as a wireless shutter release control to trigger your camera; Transceiver System - works as a wireless flash trigger and receiver. Compatible with Nikon D90/D3100/D5000/D7000 Series cameras for shutter release controlColor: Black; Size: 3" device w/ 10" expandable cord; Batteries: 2 x AAA (NOT included)

Cheaper brands are available on eBay that do a similar thing. You can also buy sets which have a single transmitter and several receivers if you have multiple flashguns.

These can also be used as a remote shutter release

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.

Paul Richards PortraitNikon SB700 Speedlite About About £230.00

This 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 (New 600EX)
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. or

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.

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Student Testimonials

Another excellent course. I stepped outside my comfort zone with this more technical course but thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve learnt loads but have come away with a long shopping list of must have items.
Shan Swann


As usual another informative and relaxed day. I now understand how to use my new flashgun and I’m longer frightened to experiment. I’m looking forward to taking some photographs of my granddaughter. Mary Hartfield -

Flash 2

An excellent course as usual. This course will definitely give me the confidence in using the flash in a variety of situations. It also made me realise I would be better off with a branded rather than third party flashgun.
Gordon Bell

There’s a lot to take in on this course but I was able to go from zero knowledge to be using the flash effectively with some extra practice. Teresa Lardner

This was a really easy to understand course and made some of the shots that I thought would be really difficult seem so easy. The backlit smoke picture being an example. The practical portrait session was also very useful.
Mark Baker.

Another brilliant course from the Master! There were lots of useful hints and tips along with all the technical stuff. I’m off to try lots more flash photography.
Rob Bent


Once again learning how to set the camera up and not just what the buttons do has been invaluable. I might need to stock up on incense sticks for the smoke pictures.
Ed Spooner

Another very good course. Having been using my flash for a few months I thought I had already learnt the basics but little did I know I knew very little.
Ben Caves.