Off Camera Flash Workshop: April 11, 2019

Heather KanillopoolosI’ve been photographing weddings for ten years. I quickly found out how difficult wedding lighting scenarios can be! From dark, cramped reception venues to rained out ceremonies stuck inside, I’ve had those days where you come away thinking: “I wish I could have done better”.

After I learned how to use natural-looking, well crafted off-camera flash, I found that my work began to blossom. Clients began to notice my unique abilities and my business soon took off! I’m now a full-time wedding photographer with a successful business.

I want to help you conquer your flash, too! I enjoy making the most complex of topics easily understandable for everyone: I will never make you feel small for asking even “silly” questions. My goal is for you to not only come away armed with more knowledge, but to feel encouraged and empowered to get out there and make something beautiful.

Workshop Details:

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 11th, 2019, from 9am - 9pm

The Michigan Princess Riverboat - Lansing, Michigan

Who can attend?
This is an Advanced workshop, so it will only be open to those who first complete a one-on-one class with me. (haven't done a one-on-one yet? You can purchase a ticket to both the workshop AND a one-on-one, and save!)

At the Workshop, I want you to have the ability to use every available moment practicing REAL scenarios in a REAL wedding venue. By ensuring that you've completed a one-on-one before the Workshop, you won't have to spend any of your valuable Workshop time fumbling or guessing or needing to spend time with basic concepts. You'll walk in confident, excited, and ready to rock! 

$500 - One on one class
$450 - Workshop Ticket
When purchased together: $950 only $800!

At the one-on-one, we will cover the basics of understanding light and flash gear, the specific questions that you have and the challenges you face. I'll teach you my 3-step process to getting perfect flash settings (no math involved), and give you specific steps to immediately bettering your OCF game. I'll take the time to go at the pace you need, and customize our time to fit your level of experience.


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Workshop Focus: Learn how to light at a real wedding venue!

Are you ready for a challenge?

The Michigan Princess Riverboat is a gorgeous venue with opportunities for uniquely beautiful photographs. But it's also a very difficult lighting scenario! Low ceilings with beams, a tight dance floor, and a u-shaped headtable nestled into an alcove will give us the chance to get hands-on with the real world of wedding photography.

We'll go from scenario to scenario, where I'll demonstrate how I light the space and why. We'll cover ways to acheive various looks and plenty of time will be given to Q&A. Then you'll have the oppertunity to practice as well! Set up your own lights and continue to get guidance on how to get the look you love.

You will learn to conquer:

What You’ll Learn In the One-on-One class:


We'll start out with a basic discussion of:

  • How light works
  • What makes good (and bad) light
  • The mechanical concepts of flash (in plain English)
  • An introductions to the different gear items and modifiers that we'll be playing with during the class

I'll also take this time to answer your questions about flash gear and lighting concepts. 


From there, we get hands-on! I'll show you my super simple 3-step process to figuring out the perfect combination of camera and flash settings (one of the things my students say that they have struggled with the most in the past!). We'll practice this 3 step process throughout the class so that it will stick forever in your mind.

This process will solve SO many problems, and is the first major key to feeling confident rocking ANY lighting scenario. It's the foundation of great OCF.


After getting the chance to practice the 3 step process, we'll start building on that foundation by learning the different lighting ratios (for example, using flash as the main light vs. using it to help "fill in" already great existing light). We'll add in color correction techniques by learning how gels work. 

We'll consider specific techniques to conquer specific challenges that you face. We'll look over sample images, including behind-the-scenes and before-and-after shots so that you can understand the thinking process behind my lighting solutions.


The next step will be considering specific techniques to conquer specific challenges that you face. We'll look over sample images, including behind-the-scenes and before-and-after shots so that you can understand the thinking process behind my lighting solutions.

What Will You Need to Bring?

  • DSLR Camera and lens (this venue is tight, so lenses in the 24 - 85 range might be most helpful)
  • At least one speedlight (two preferred)
  • Triggering device(s)
  • Lightstand(s)
  • Modifiers you wish to learn
  • Bagged meal / drink / snacks (and/or $15 to buy into Zaytoon's catering)
  • Batteries
  • Basic CTO gel kit
  • Notetaking tool

New students: Before your one-on-one, I'll chat with you to see what your current gear is like.

I'll be happy to help you find what gear you may want to add that is in your budget range, if you feel the need to grow. (Use my experience instead of throwing money at stuff you're not sure about!)


Q: Will there be models or table mockups for the students to photograph?
A: Yes. There will be at least one "bride and groom" (the goal is to have them in wedding attire if possible), as well as a simple table mockup for demonstrating and practicing lighting scenarios. Since this workshop is focused on learning lighting and not gaining portfolio material, these will not be professional models or a fully stylized table setup- we'll be keeping it simple to make sure that the focus is a great learning environment. There will also be portions of the workshop where the students will be paired off to practice a lighting technique on a fellow student. 

Q: How often will this workshop be held?
A: I have been teaching one-on-one flash classes for many years throughout my slow seasons. This is the third annual large OCF workshop, and I plan to keep up the habit! However, keep in mind that primarily, I'm a wedding photographer, not a workshop host- I'm out there shooting! If you're interested in this workshop, the best thing to do is to go for it now. <3

Q: Will this class be focused on speedlights or strobes?
A: The Workshop will focus on speedlights as the default since it's not assumed that all students will have or wish to bring strobes. However, do keep in mind that the primary focus of this workshop will be to teach you CONCEPTS of light that will apply to any kind of lighting source you eventually wish to use. :)

Q: When is payment due? 
A: $500 is due at the time of booking, with the rest due two weeks before the workshop. 

Q: When can I schedule my one-on-one? Where will it be at? 
A: One-on-ones are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and are completely flexible in time of day. I'll work with your schedule to find the right fit, I promise! In-person one-on-ones are held at my home in Grand Ledge, MI. Online one-on-ones are done via Google Hangouts. 

Q: Can I get a refund if I change my mind about coming to the workshop?
A: Since your payment holds your spot (meaning that others can't book if the workshop is full), it's necessary for me to make it non-refundable. If there is a true emergency (such as a hospitalization of you or your immediate family member), I would be happy to be reasonable and arrange a refund, or convert your ticket to a future workshop. However, in general, booking this workshop means making a commitment to yourself to make this happen so that you can get to the next level of photography skill. Let's do this!

Q: Is this workshop only for wedding photographers?
A: Nope! I mostly photograph weddings and couples, so those are mostly the images that I have to show. However, the concepts that I'll be teaching you apply to newborns, families, boudoir, headshots/corporate, seniors- just about anything you shoot! If you want to be in control of the light when you shoot, this workshop is for you.

Q: What if I have a terrible time and you're mean and stinky and I don't learn anything?
A: Well, first of all, I promise to take a shower that day (and even to wear pants like an adult person!). I truly do want you to enjoy the class and come away feeling like you've grown. If, after the class, you decide that you genuinely didn't get what was promised on this info page, I will refund you in full.

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