Saracen House - 8th June 2019

What You Will Learn

5 simple but innovative techniques to revolutionise your flash photography
How to build a speedlight studio and start getting really creative with light
Why you don’t have to spend a fortune on equipment to get great results

Are you ready to take your flash photography to new and exciting places? If you’re confident with speedlights and want to broaden your photographic repertoire, this hands-on workshop opens up a whole range of fresh and creative possibilities. In one day, you will learn a host of different ways to get innovative, using off-camera flash. How much easier it will be to introduce drama and atmosphere into an image; freeze the moment with split-second clarity; capture that head-turning hero shot.

An ideal follow-on to our Mastering Speedlights workshop, the day begins with a classroom tutorial and a quick refresher on the basics of using small flash units, on and off camera. Although this course is suitable for owners of any make of DSLR, we take the opportunity to cover how the Canon and Nikon systems differ from other brands. From here, we introduce you to the five advanced techniques you are going to take away with you at the end of the day.

Then it’s on to the all-important practical workshop element. Since numbers are limited to 8 students, you will have ample time to embed the skills learnt in the classroom session. An experienced model will ensure that you have some cracking reference shots, to remind you of what you can achieve from each set up.

Here are 5 techniques you will cover:

  • High speed capturing
  • Achieving stroboscopic effects
  • Using multiple light setups: key, fill and accent
  • The application and effects of gels
  • Pattern projection using the Lightblaster

Throughout the day, you will receive ongoing tuition, support and advice from your trainer. There will be a break for lunch at a convenient point in the proceedings.

  • Refreshments on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Classroom tuition from an award-winning trainer
  • Hands-on practical shoot time to practice and embed your learning
  • A professional model
  • Comprehensive course notes

You will need a camera with interchangeable lenses that has a standard hot shoe and can shoot in RAW file format. If you have an early Sony or Minolta DSLR please advise us in advance in order for us to provide a hot shoe adaptor. Also some later Pentax models have a slightly different fitting.

We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these as you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.

Full Frame Sensors. 24mm - 200mm

APSC 1.5 Crop 18mm - 150mm

MFT 2x Crop 14mm - 100mm

This is an intermediate level course.

You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode. Manual focussing is not required. Experience with speedlights is not required.

Just a quick note to say the recent night photography workshop that I attended was spot on !

Was it informative ? Yes

Did I learn something ? Yes

Can I transfer what was learnt into practice ? Yes

I will certainly be looking at other workshops in the future.

A highly recommended tutor !!

Brian Harris

I attended a "Speedlights Fast track and The Speedlight Studio", workshop on Monday as I wanted to learn to use my speedlights in more efficient way - and I would like to say what a great trainer Andrew was. He was friendly and welcoming, answered questions, checked your understanding, showed you a range of equipment but did not sell you anything....

I came away having understood a lot more about how I can control light, how lights can be used together and how I don't have to break the bank to achieve the look I want to achieve. I would consider attending another workshop when he is back in Hampshire!

Helen Renouf


Venue Phone: 01908 410092

Venue Website:

5 Furtho Court, Towcester Road, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK19 6AN, UK


Saracen House Studio

We’re Milton Keynes’ premier photographic studio facility for hire to photographers, whether amateur or professional.

For those visiting by car, Old Stratford is just off the main A5 dual carriageway that runs from the North to South of Milton Keynes.  We have plenty of private parking in our courtyard right outside the studio entrance.

From the A5 roundabout, head into Old Stratford, on Towcester Road, past the Hyundai Dealer on your left.

Furtho Court is located on the left hand side between Cedar Close and Wharf Close and is opposite Mounthill Avenue.

Upon entering Furtho Court, please park only in the reserved bays for Saracen House, which are situated to the rear of the court.  Additional on-street parking is available in Mounthill Avenue opposite.


  • June 8, 2019
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm