On Camera Flash Workshop Image

In this hands-on 8 week course, your skilled instructor Syx Langmann will teach you everything you need to know about using your flash effectively and efficiently. There are lots of hands-on shooting sessions both in-studio and on-location designed for you to practice and develop your skills.

In a day where our flashes are small & powerful enough to fit in our hands, it is important that we understand how to use this tool properly to create powerful photos with consistency.

In this class you will learn how to use the flash in both manual and automatic modes effectively.

This class is focused on One Light Flash Photography which will concentrate on your skills in Key lighting, bounce, fill flash, flash ratios and mixing flash with ambient light with concentration on people photography.
Rotating between instruction, demonstration, practical assignments, and review, students will learn to work creatively with one single flash.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

Session 1 :

Know your flash, flash fundamentals – difference between constant light and flash, Inverse square law, guide numbers, how to work with your flash on camera, sync modes, bounce, FEC, Shutter Drag, Movement


A) Learn your flash modes, functions, power, zoom
B) Bring in an example of a photograph that uses flash to illuminate the scene.

Session 2 :

One Image Assignment - Guide numbers and calculating exposure Demo, Shooting wireless Demo


10 images using guide numbers to calculate exposure. 5 images of the same subject at different distances, 5 different subjects at different distances

Session 3 :

Lighting Direction and Quality, Comparative and formative. Key, bounce, fill, and lighting ratios. Demo the off camera options for small strobe. Show modifiers. Includes notes for master/slave settings. Demo of bounce and fill with model and still life.

Additive, subtractive, reflective, diffuse. How to see and shape light.


Photograph a family member or close friend using only one battery powered flash off camera indoors.

Session 4:

Night Field trip – mixing Flash and ambient light. Paint with light, Multi exposures, gels, modifiers etc.


3 creative shots from the night field trip

Session 5 :

Field trip Day – Models at Olympic Village. Fill flash in the daylight, Creating a catch-light, daylight flash ratio. Advanced off camera flash, sync cables, optical slaves and wireless flash, high speed sync,


3 creative shots from the outdoor model shoot

Session 6 :

Field trip Day – Wedding shoot or Editorial shoot. Shooting people both interior and exterior. Demo and shoot


3 creative shots from the daytime wedding / editorial shoot

Session 7 :

Critique of field trip work assignments, 9 images altogether. Term assignment due.

Lecture on contemporary photographers: Joe McNally, Zack Arias, Gregory Heisler, and more.

Session 8 :

Presentations of term assignment, Class discussion.



Intermediate level. You must have a basic understanding of your flash before taking this class. To make sure you have the necessary skills, you can take our On-Camera Flash 1 Day Workshop before attending this course.


Maximum 15 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Camera Flash
Optional: additional lenses.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

Read complete refund and liability policy

"Syx is an excellent instructor, who is consistently interesting and dynamic.

He is engaging, inspiring, supportive, fun and will provide you with constructive criticism to help you improve.

He keeps up to date with new technology, photography gear and has a solid background in photography theory and history. "

"Awesome Workshop! I am finally understanding my flash after a couple years of owning one."

"After having taken many photography courses elsewhere I still was not comfortable using my flash - I learned more in a few short hours than over months taking other classes."

Read more testimonials......

The On and Off Camera Digital Flash Course is taught by the following instructor:


Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration

Wednesday Mornings

January 15, 2014 10AM - 1PM First 3 Students SAVE $55! VPW Studios Syx Langmann SOLD OUT!

Wednesday Evenings

January 15, 2014 7pm - 10pm First 3 Students SAVE $55! VPW Studios Syx Langmann SOLD OUT!
TBA TBA, 2014 7pm-10pm First 3 Students SAVE $55! VPW Studios Syx Langmann Click Here for Wait List