Speedlite Basics Phoenix, Arizona

October 20, 2019

Flashes are challenging. Very challenging.

That's why flashes are one of the most purchased camera accessories - while simultaneously being one of the least utilized.

Let us help.

In this Short Course we will start with the basics of on-camera flash and progress to using your flash (or flashes) off-camera for basic portrait and product photography. We will also discuss the differences between TTL and manual and talk about the best modifiers to use in different situations.

One of the best ways to use a flash in the studio is tethered to your laptop to make critical decisions on composition, focus, and exposure much easier. Because of this, we are teaming up with Tether Tools for this course. We will teach you how to tether to both Lightroom, Capture One Pro, and use the Tether Tools Case Air for wireless tethering to an iPad.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to make flash images not look like flash images
  • How to use your flash on-camera as the key or fill light
  • How to bounce flash to increase the size and softness of your light source
  • How to balance color in your flash images

Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • Powerpoint PDF and lighting schematics!

    Students will receive a PDF version of the instructors Powerpoint presentations as well as a couple of lighting setup schematics for product, food, and portrait photography.

  • Free Lunch

    Yes, lunch will be provided!

  • Continued Learning

    Your education starts before you arrive! Registering gets you access to three of the best PDF guides RMSP has to offer -- one on Lightroom exporting, one on basic exposure, and one on starting your photo business. Just register for this course and we will send you a link to all three via email or text!

  • Networking

    Photography is more fun with friends. Short courses are a great way to meet fellow photographers in your area. We cap the group size at 10 to ensure you get to know your classmates and have a good student-to-teacher ratio. Our recommendation? Make friends and continue to shoot and learn as a group even after the course!

  • More RMSP!

    Our flagship programs, Summer Intensive and Professional Intensive, are a dream for many photographers. We try to make the transition into these programs as easy as possible. If you register for "SI" or "PI" in the future, we will take the cost of this "Short Course" off your SI or PI tuition.

  • #RMSPSWAG

    All RMSP Short Course attendees get a $15 voucher for RMSP swag! Use it on our swag store to pick up a t-shirt, mug, Peak Designs camera strap and more. The best part? Purchase what you want ahead of time and we'll give it to you at the event!


Thank you to our sponsors, Tether Tools and Canon.


If you need a camera or flash for this event, let us know! Canon has provided a variety of cameras and flashes for students to use during the class. To reserve one, just message us via email, IG, or give us a call!

Schedule

Schedule

This class will meet on Sunday, October 20, from 9am to 4pm. Pizza lunch is provided.

Meeting Space

Meeting Space

Your class will meet at Tether Tools.

Tether Tools
2202 E. McDowell Road, Suite 5
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone 888-854-6565

Enter through the main entrance. The classroom/studio is through the first orange door on the right.

There is parking available in front of and behind the building.

Equipment

You need a camera (DSLR or mirrorless) to take this class. Also, bring your memory card, battery and charger. If you have a laptop with Capture One Pro or Lightroom, bring that along with a tether cable (or pick one up at Tether Tools while you are here).

Canon will be providing a few EOS-R cameras for us to try out. If you don't own a camera, let us know and we can most likely accommodate you.

What skill level is required to get the most from Short Courses?

A basic understanding of your camera is helpful to get the most out of these courses. For example, students should be able to navigate their camera menus, change f-stops, shutter speeds and ISOs, and have a familiarity with manipulating their exposures.

What is the deadline to sign up?

There is no deadline to sign up, however, seating is limited and all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage students to sign up early in order to guarantee a seat.

What time does it start and end?

Start and end times vary from course to course. Please check our website for further information.

Where is the course located?

Please check the Meeting Space tab for information on venue location.

Will there be time for shooting during the course?

For most Short Courses, there will be opportunities to work with your camera in order to understand some of the concepts being taught, as well as a field shooting session. Check the individual course for more information on what is covered.

I'd like to attend a Short Course, but I don't have a camera. What should I do?

If you don't own a camera, please reach out to us and let us know. We'll send one to the course for you to use.

Is a laptop required?

A laptop is not required, however if you want to participate in the critique session (a part of most courses) you will need to have a way to select and transfer your images to the instructor. This can be as simple as viewing images on the back of the camera or writing down the file numbers and giving the instructor your memory card. However, a computer can streamline this process.

Do I need any special software on my laptop?

Some Short Courses include editing demonstrations. If you wish to participate in the editing demo you will need a copy of Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop.

Will there be electrical outlets available to charge my laptop battery?

We'll do our best to provide as much access as we can to electrical outlets but can't guarantee that you'll have the access you need. We recommend that you come to the course with a fully charged laptop (and camera!) battery.

What else would I need for the course?

Check the Equipment List for the particular Short Course you are interested in attending.

How many people attend Short Courses?

In order to ensure a great experience for all our students, we've capped attendance for our 2019-2020 courses. Check the individual course listing for more information.

What is the instructional staff to student ratio?

There is one instructor at an event, however, if necessary, we will provide an assistant to ensure that the ratio is better than 1 to 10.

Are there any tuition discounts available for Short Courses?

There are no discounts available for Short Courses. However, if you later decide to enroll in RMSP's Summer Intensive or Professional Intensive program, your Short Course tuition is credited back to you in full!

Do I have to pay for the Short Course in full at the time I register?

Yes, the full tuition is due upon registration.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

If you notify RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the course, tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the course, the full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

How early should I register to ensure a seat at a Short Course?

Registrations often come in spurts, so even though there may be plenty of spots left for a course today, there may not be space tomorrow. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure a seat at the Short Course of your choice.

What happens when a Short Course sells out?

Once a Short Course sells out, we stop processing registrations and start a waiting list for that course. There are sometimes cancellations, so we suggest that you put your name on the waiting list even if a course has sold out.

How can I add my name to the waiting list?

To add your name to the waiting list, call or email our office and provide us with your name, phone number(s) and the name of the course you would like to attend. You can call us at (800) 394-7677, or email Bob McGowan in our office at bobm@rmsp.com. You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.

Will I receive confirmation after I register?

Yes, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration.

Will I receive any other information ahead of time?

All information will be available on our website. However, you will also receive an email one week prior to the course date as well as a reminder email the day before the course begins.

Will I need a car during the course?

For most Short Courses, there is no need to drive anywhere. However, there are some Short Courses where you will need to drive to field shoots. We encourage carpooling among participants.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Short Course!

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee if notification is received at RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the event. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the event, full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after RMSP receives notice of cancellation.

Tuition
$135
  • Tuition Notes
    High school students get 50% off the tuition. Call us, email, or reach out on Instagram for the discount code.

Instructor

INSTRUCTOR
Jeff McLain

Jeff McLain is a photographer, videographer, and digital retoucher.

After his photography education, Jeff got his start as a freelance photo assistant in San Francisco working on editorial, catalog and advertising shoots. His skills in Photoshop and computing allowed him to help photographers bridge the gap between the film days and all-digital workflows, and he stood at the forefront of the advent of the career of the "Digital Technician."

Jeff soon moved into shooting, and then moved laterally to video capture. His background as a multi-instrumental musician has also benefited his understanding of sound design and audio capture, which can be a technically challenging aspect of film-making.

He worked for many years as a digital technician for Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and a slew of others. As a photographer, he has shot for Williams Sonoma, Mountain Living Magazine, Keen Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Red Envelope, and Robert Mondavi Wines, among others.

He has loaded 15 cases of equipment onto planes, coordinated with Spanish-speaking producers in Mexico, photographed hamburgers by window-light in Hong Kong, shot smoothies on the balcony of Rudolph Valentino's Hollywood mansion, talked about film technology on a photo shoot with George Lucas, and has worked out of helicopters, Cessnas and random hotel rooms.

He has been a freelancer for over 15 years and takes a 'real-world' approach to his perspective of the photographic industry and the skills needed in today's market. Locally, he and his wife own and operate a boutique wedding videography business.

Jeff is a 2001 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography and has B.A. from the University of Montana. When not shooting in-studio or on-location, Jeff spends time with his wife, son, dog and cat in Missoula, Montana. He plays bluegrass dobro, banjo and guitar to unwind.

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Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.