Flash Photography Workshop
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 12.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Photography Workshops
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a two day on campus workshop. Students should have a basic knowledge of the operation of a camera in manual mode. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is recommended.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
To clients, flash is just light. Once you know how to master the light, you can use a flash for the same effects. From small flashes to large strobes; from TTL to light balancing; and to the use of modern small flash modifiers, this workshop will teach you what you need to know so you can start to understand and utilize Flash, rather than being afraid of it. Learn iTTL and eTTL and their limitations. Learn the cardinal flash portrait rule. Understand when to use Fong and when to use Honl. Discuss the Five Mistakes all photographers should avoid in real life situations.

Program Context

Photography Workshops Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a photography workshop compliments the Digital Photography program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have the ability to demonstrate Flash photography through practical use.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Understand the basics of the camera.
  2. Operate a camera proficiently.
  3. Differentiate between Flash expectations and usage.
  4. Utilize Flash on their own camera.
  5. Interpret Flash situations to use the proper equipment.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Pass / Fail100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Students will receive a mark of satisfactory upon successful completion of this course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education courses
Course Details:

Materials Required

  • DSLR Camera with standard hot shoe flash connection
  • Batteries for camera / flash for day long shooting 
  • Optional:
    • Flash / Flashes 
    • Small Flash Modifiers 
    • Radio Flash Triggers (Pocketwizards, Yongnuo, etc) 

Day 1

  • Welcome and introduction 
  • Camera Basics: Focus, White Balance, etc
  • Exposure: Aperture, Shutter, ISO and their relationships 
  • Shooting in manual mode 
  • Flash: expectations and usage 
  • Basic composition rulers 
  • Technical basic knowledge 
  • 'One camera, one Flash' use 

Day 2

  • The Four Situations 
  • Bouncing 
  • Remote Flash use 
  • Multiple Flashes
  • Modifers: Snoot, Umbrella, Softbox, Grid, 
  • The Three Magic Recipes 
  • A word about light 

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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