OCFworkshop Index

This is the workshop content I teach in Minnesota with links to the articles (these articles were previously published on OCFworkshop.com)
(This is a general outline, content may vary at your location.)

To start with what is not being lectured;

No TTL /E-TTL / I-TTL / CLS or any other automated light measuring system. (We will use a light meter occasionally) Although there will be a short explanation of what these automated systems can and cannot do for you. Be aware that it is way more expensive!

It is all about Manual Camera settings AND Manual flash settings!

Session 1 (This is about the minimal equipment we need)

* Intro and terminology
* Flashes
* Guide number
* Lightstand/Swivel or umbrella bracket
* Flash triggers
* Ball bungees/clamps
* Grid / Gobo / Cookie /Snoot /Flag
* Reflectors
* Umbrella / Softbox
* Gels
* Velcro and Gaffertape
* Helpful Books and websites

Session 2a (The technical and theoretical site of OCF)

* Exposure basics (Shutter-speed/Aperture/ISO/Flash power/Flash to subject distance)
* Depth of field
* White balance, ambient light and flash
* Exposure metering
* Histogram
* Flash sync
* Second curtain
* Inverse square law
* Ambient light
* Lots of practical demos

Session 2b (Practice session)

* Model releases and copyright
* The first shoot (A step by step guide)
* One flash and a reflector
* Two flashes
* Light position
* Soft vs hard light
* Clam shell lighting
* Assignments and student practice
* Conclusion
* Next steps

To participate in the practice shoot you need to have a hot-shoe camera or other ways to connect to a flash. There are no other requirements as equipment will be available for use. The practice session will include one or more models that will pose.

SONY camera owners; please make sure you buy an flash adapter for off brand flashes!