What you will learn

How and when to use on and off camera flash for optimum results
When to use TTL and when to use manual modes; make critical decisions with confidence
About the flash/ambient mix…take well-exposed images whatever the lighting conditions

Do you get frustrated with on-camera flash? Seen other people’s brilliant results but don’t know how they achieved them? Time to take control. The good news is that it’s not rocket science; you can do it but you just need to know how.  Mastering Speedlights will teach you. And by the end of this one-day workshop, you will be looking at flash in a totally different light! No more over-exposure, harsh shadows or demonic red-eye - learn the sure-fire techniques you need to turn your flash photography around and produce beautifully lit images, using on and off camera speedlights.

The day runs like this. The morning is classroom-based to gear you up for a full afternoon’s shoot time. First, we take you through the way your camera manufacturer’s own unit works, as well as those of popular third parties. It doesn’t matter what make of DSLR you have but, if you are a Canon or Nikon user, we explain how these two systems differ from other brands. You will learn how to trigger the units and the effects of using different modifiers with your particular system. We then move on to the art of mixing flash and ambient light to achieve the result you want - natural or surreal. The session rounds off with a lesson on how to get really creative, using a combination of white balance and gels. And if you’re a bit fuzzy about when to use TTL and when to use manual modes;  or what the difference is between High Speed Sync and High Speed Flash, these topics and more are covered during the course of the morning.

After lunch, it’s time to put all this into practice with an experienced model - in the studio and at a local outdoor location. With never more than 8 students on the course, you will have plenty of shoot time to embed your skills and build up a bank of reference images to inform and inspire your ongoing learning. Your trainer will be with you all afternoon to assist, providing you with all the help and support you need to master the techniques successfully.


  • 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

This workshop is located in East Barkwith, 30 minutes from Lincoln City centre on the A157. There is plenty of free parking and it is on the main bus route.

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Venue Phone: 07969 414425

Location Workshop, Head Office Address, Check Individual Event, Lincoln, LN8 6NH


This is a location workshop, the address shown on the registration information is our head office. Please check the event description for details of the location of the event, the exact meeting point will be emailed to delegates a week prior to the event.

For more information please email steve@andrewappleton.com

  • Mastering Speedlights Lincolnshire
    November 3, 2019
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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