Flash Techniques for DSLRs

Flash Techniques for DSLRs

Does the flash unit for your DSLR create confusion and frustration?  Don’t worry, mastering on-camera flash can be a challenge even for professional photographers.  In this practical ‘how to’ workshop Dale Neill will guide you through the principles, strengths, limitations and endless creative possibilities of flash.

Flash photography is one of the least understood areas in photographic education.  Developing a sound understanding of the inverse square law, basic flash controls and synchronisation speeds will enable you to achieve technically and artistically superior images that will distinguish your images.

An essential element in flash technique is the key principle that every flash photograph contains two images.  Practical projects utilising open flash are a fun way to shoot images that you thought were impossible while consolidating your understanding of how flash works.

Flash has the advantage of achieving shutter speeds faster than 1/10,000 sec.  This freezes action in sport.  When used in macro, flash gives you a huge depth of field and the fastest shutter speeds, giving technically superior macros.

Flash can be used both creatively and artistically to enhance the image you visualise.  This course provides you with a practical checklist of how to get the best from your flash photography.


  • Inverse square law
  • Flash synchronization speeds
  • Flash: always two shots in one
  • Fail-safe camera settings
  • Advantages of on-camera flash
  • Basic fill flash
  • Using the flash +/- button to achieve superior results
  • Bounce flash and modeling
  • Flash diffusers and reflectors
  • Colour cast using bounce
  • Fill flash for back-lit subjects
  • Flash to freeze action: sport
  • Macro flash
  • Wireless and infra-red control
  • Front curtain sync vs rear curtain sync
  • Reading a scene and applying flash artistically
  • Flash meters
  • Flash vs continuous lighting
  • Flash quality: size, distance, direction
  • Slow sync flash
  • Repeating flash
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Outside fill flash using flash +/-
  • Fill flash for back-lit subject
  • Slow sync flash
  • Open flash technique
  • Macro flash
  • Rear curtain flash
  • Portrait using bounce flash

Please bring along:

  • DSLR camera and lenses (or advanced compact with on-camera flash)
  • Separate on-camera flash (The in-camera flash will suffice, however, a separate on-camera flash will be an advantage)
  • Clean memory card (i.e. no images on card)
  • Camera and flash instruction manuals
  • A tripod if you have one
  • Notebook and pen and A FULLY CHARGED BATTERY.

Please note: Participants will be taking a large number of flash photographs.  This could flatten camera and flash batteries far more quickly than normal photography.  Please ensure that your batteries are re-charged the night before the course.  Bring a second (charged) battery if you have one.

This course will be held at The University Club of Western Australia.

Lunch will be provided and is included in the cost. If you have any special dietary requirements please email our staff on info@universityclub.uwa.edu.au once you have booked.

Date: 27 February 2016
Time: 10.00-1700
Location: UWA Extension
Cost: 200.00