model shoot with off-camera flash

photography walk: 3 hours


Effective portraits can be achieved with careful use of available light but adding extra light to the mix can dramatically expand the creative possibilities.

In this session we wander with a model and some lighting equipment for a few hours and practice portrait lighting techniques. Shooting outdoors allows us to utilise a variety of different backdrops.

This session is limited to 4 photographers.

As the model is paid, photographers are under no set obligation to return photos. Photographers are welcome to use the photos shot for personal portfolio use only.


Photographers are expected to already know the basics of how to use their camera to achieve correct exposure. A working understanding of film speed, shutter speed and aperture is useful. Photographers who have attended some or all of my previous Flash Lighting sessions will probably find this session easier to manage than those who are not yet comfortable with basic flash techniques.

The only equipment required is a camera and lens. The camera should have a standard flash hotshoe for mounting an external flash. Your lens should reach at least 70mm. I normally suggest using a general purpose zoom lens (eg. 24-70mm) to achieve different perspectives but if all you have is a “nifty fifty” 50mm f1/.8 on a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera, that’s fine.

All lighting equipment and modifiers is supplied for photographers to use. Photographers can bring some of their own gear but should contact me beforehand to discuss how that might work.


As this session is conducted outdoors, please dress comfortably and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella.

This walk is usually scheduled to start around 2pm near Southern Cross Station and runs for 3 hours. The fee for each participant is usually $80.

This walk is scheduled and organised through my group on the website.

Topics covered:

  • working with a model
  • tips for composing portraits
  • working with flash to supplement or overpower available light
  • working with basic lighting modifiers
  • basic lighting setups

previous students said:

“Thanks David, another great insight into lighting and of speed lights. Madelyn was amazing and really made the afternoon shoot fun to be part of. I will now have to further practice the new techniques and skills that I have gained.” – Richard, April 2017

“An excellent afternoon shooting a very interesting & talented model, thanks David and Soph.” – Greg, February 2017

“A wealth of knowledge was learned, about using an off camera flash, and the model was very professional and nice.” – Tony, February 2017

“Excellent afternoon. A very obliging, professional model; excellent guidance by David. I learn something each time I attend his shoots.” – Raymond, June 2016

“What a great afternoon – very inspiring!” – Elen, April 2016

“What a great session, thanks David” – Greg, April 2016

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