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Small Flash Masterclass #1

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Basic Principles of on and off-camera flash :: One flash

$225 + gst

Learn to understand and use your flash in this one-day hands-on intensive workshop. Using flash effectively requires a solid understanding of flash principles like synchronization, exposure and quality controls. Use this session to get comfortable with your flash and practice using it both on and off the camera in both indoor and outdoor situations. Have a go at using a variety of single-light setups to explore your lighting quality in a variety of lighting situations.

This intensive workshop aims to lift your flash confidence to be able to handle any lighting situation. The workshop includes practical sessions, detailed notes, and worksheets so that you can record your settings and compare your results. This is an ideal workshop for those who need to use flash for event photography or location portraits, and who want to regain control over their lighting. We start from the absolute basic and build your knowledge so that flash becomes less disarming as an accessory, and instead a powerful ally in your professional approach to any subject-matter.

This session will cover the following ::

  • Equipment overview – types of flash
  • Flash accessories
  • Flash Synchronisation
  • Flash Exposure (manual, TTL)
  • Flash Quality (bounce flash, using modifiers)
  • Lighting Ratios (flash : ambient) – controlling contrast
  • Off-Camera Flash synchronising & control
  • Worksheets and practical sessions
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Small Flash Masterclass #2

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Multiple off-camera flash :: Special Techniques & High Speed Sync

$225 + gst

This intensive workshop follows on from our first session and aims to help you craft the most sophisticated lighting for a variety of setups. It is suited to photographers who already have a grasp on basic flash principles and are wanting to get a more advanced understanding of how to use a flash creatively. Although we are exploring multiple flash setups, you can try out a variety of equipment options in the workshop before committing to invest in any more units for your own kit. We will have Nikon, Canon, Godox, Elinchrom and a few generic units available for you to explore. The workshop includes practical sessions and worksheets so that you can record your settings and compare your results. We will also work with high-speed flash to explore opportunities to capture movement and access shallow depth of field in bright conditions.

Models will be on hand for shoots at the end of the day so that you can explore your ideas and try out a variety of techniques. This session requires an understanding of the basic principles of flash photography.

This session will cover the following ::

  • Overview of Supplementary / Alternative small flash systems
  • Flash Power – battery packs etc
  • Off-Camera Flash with 2-Flash setups – ratios, synchronisation etc
  • Off-Camera Flash with multiple-Flash setups
  • Rear Curtain Sync & Dragging the Shutter
  • Multi-Flash / Repeating Flash
  • High Speed Flash - Hypersync / HSS
  • Practical shoots with a model
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Tintype Workshop //
Port Adelaide (SALA 2018)

$350 + gst

  • 11 August 2018 // 10am - 5pm

  • 12 August 2018 // OPEN DAY


In a time when the immediacy of digital photography has created a flood of expendable images, many artists have chosen to turn to traditional image making techniques. In this one day workshop, students will learn the history and basic practice of the 19th Century tintype process. In this hands-on class, attendees will learn to coat, sensitize, expose, develop and varnish aluminium plates to create one-of-a kind hand-made photographs. Students will finish the day with several tintypes created by their own hands and will receive a detailed handbook containing all the information they need to continue making tintypes on their own.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced photographers. However it is not necessary to have done any film-based photography before

Includes all materials including aluminium and processing chemicals, as well as a detailed handbook (information includes materials required, chemicals, recipes, techniques, troubleshooting, suppliers etc. Access to a suitable 4x5” camera can be arranged if required. You may want to bring along some interesting props to photograph. Remember that anything with text will show backwards on the Tintype though :)

These workshops are run for very small groups (max 4). We'd love to share the joy and thrill of making unique tintype images...

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OPTIC Nerve //
Cog creative Space

Free Event

Copy of OPTIC NERVE 2018

  • FRI 31 August 2018 // 4.30 - 6.30pm
  • THURS 27 August // 4.30 - 6.30pm

OPTIC NERVE is a program of photography-related presentations, discussions and professional development sessions - the program changes each month and includes things like photographer talks, sharing skills and ideas, discussing issues, and generally hanging out. It's a very casual and informal hang-out session at the studio.

If you have ideas for what you'd like to see programmed at Optic Nerve, please feel free to get in touch and share your thoughts.

Next Session ::
Friday 31st August 2018


    How to create a custom profile for Lightroom & Photoshop with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

  • SKILLS SHARING :: Setting up and using a tablet

  • DISCUSSION :: Marketing Tips

  • ARTIST TALK :: Alice Healy

  • Networking Drinks (please BYO)