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Introduction to Flash and Studio Portrait Photography

If you ever wondered how professionals work in the studio, this class will give you an insight on how to work with flash light to produce professional quality portraits. With this entry level class we focus on effects that you can easily re-create in your own home.

 All you need is a DSLR camera with standard hot shoe* (a mounting point on the top of a camera to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories).

Introduction to Flash and Studio Portrait Photography topics covered during the day include:

  • Shooting in manual setting
  • Measuring flash light and using an external light meter
  • Setting up studio flash lights
  • Learning about different light formers and their effects
  • Understanding the inverse square law
  • Shooting high quality images in RAW setting
  • Introduction to Adobe Lightroom editing

*This course is not available to learners under 18.

As these programmes are not government funded additional learning support cannot be provided

Please call (01206) 712777 for more information.

What do I need to bring?

A Digital SLR camera is essential. You need to have a basic understanding of basic camera settings, using different modes including manual mode and be able to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO. For the sessions you should have your camera, spare battery and sufficient space on your memory card.

About the Tutor

The course is run by Mike Klencher. Mike has over 10 years’ experience in teaching adult learner classes in photography subjects. In his own practice he works with digital and film cameras, often combining different processes. He exhibited internationally in the UK, Germany, Italy and Namibia. Mike teaches on various degree courses at the School of Art, University Centre Colchester.

How To Apply

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and as such it does not require an application form to be submitted.

How to book your place

This course is purchasable via our Online Store and as soon as a start date is confirmed a ‘Buy Now’ button will appear in the next menu, allowing you to make an online payment and book your place on the course.

Register your interest to receive notifications for when a start date is available

Our campuses are currently closed and this course will not start again until at least September or October 2020. If you would like to be notified for when the next course is available to book you can use the ‘Register an Interest’ button in the next menu and you will receive an email update from us when a start date is confirmed.

Introduction to Flash and Studio Portrait Photography
DurationOne day workshop
CampusThe Minories Galleries
Start DateTBC
AttendanceSaturday: 10am to 3pm with a lunch break


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