Digital Photography Courses. Speedlight Flash Photography Course - Tel 0116 279 6906 email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

Course Timings & Location

 

Dates: February to November

Timings: 09.30am - 5.00pm

Registration - 9.30am-9.45am

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: From £135

Lunch: Included

 

AWBC Landscape & Bird Photography Course is at Rutland Water. Oakham

 

Your Tutor - Glen Tillyard

Photography courses by Glen Tillyard

 

I'm an NCTJ qualified, award winning professional press photographer, with over 30 years experience in a vast range of photographic subjects.

 

I've also taught and lectured in photography and Photoshop at many adult colleges and schools throughout Leicestershire.We also run specialist courses for police forces, Corporates and charities, including the British Red Cross.

 

We understand that different students have different learning styles so we use recognised teaching methods to ensure that whatever your needs we'll aim to get the message across, without using jargon, in a way you can understand.

 

I now specialise in running photography courses helping beginners to get the very best from their digital camera. I'm passionate about helping you to get off the full auto setting and I'll show you how to take stunning photographs in just one day.

 

Please don't take my word for how good these photography courses are but take a few moments to read some of the many testimonials in the right hand column of each page and the student galleries over on the left hand navigation column.

 

If you have any questions about photography or buying a camera then I'm happy to answer them without obligation.

Very best wishes,
Glen Tillyard

 

DSLR Photography Course Guide Timings

 

9.30 -9.45am Arrival, coffee & biscuits

9.45am - Registration

10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-4.30pm Photo-editing - Close

5pm Questions & course feedback

Batteries & Cards

Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out. For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit mymemory.co.uk

 

DSLR Course Requirements

Digital SLR Camera (or a bridge camera but see below)

Any extra lenses - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card with space for at least 100 images

External flashgun - optional

Tripod - optional

Any other kit you need explaining

Change of shoes if wet.

 

Bridge/Hybrid Camera Users

Most courses are intended for Digital SLR users but we do sometimes get asked if Bridge or Hybrid cameras users can attend the Digital SLR photography courses. The proviso is that some of the more technical aspects of Digital SLR photography might not apply to the bridge camera but you will still find the course beneficial and enjoyable.

If you are happy to accept these conditions then you are very welcome to attend. You will be informed during the course of any items do not apply to your bridge camera.

 

Please contact us, without obligation, if you have any question.

 

Nikon Flash Photography Course - Sat 7th Oct 2017 - 1 Space

Canon Flash Photography Course - Sun 8th Oct 2017 - 1 Space

This is a Level Two course so you will need to have attended a beginners course first. During this photography course you will learn about :

Learn How to Use a Speedlite Flashgun

Nikon SB800 flashgun

Using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. The Flash Photography Course aims to change this scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more creative and interesting lighting.

Ideally you will require a separate flashgun and a remote trigger to fire the flash off the camera. You can use our flash kit if required but you not be able to repeat the techniques at home without your own equipment.

Off Camera Flash Firing Methods - Explained on this course.

  1. TTL Extension Cord 3m - 10m
  2. Non TTL Wireless Flash Triggers and Receivers - YN-602/3
  3. TTL Wireless Flash Triggers and Receivers YN 622c/YN622n
  4. Nikon Creative Lighting System - Optical Wireless - Built in
  5. Canon Easy - Optical Wireless Flash System - Built in
  6. Manual Flash Slaves

Book a Nikon Flash Course-Sat 7th Ocober 2017 - 1 Space

Book a Canon Flash Course-Sun 8th Ocober 2017 - 1 Space

Flash Photography Course
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Course also available a 121 or 221 private tuition day - More Info

 

Nikon Flashguns - SB600, SB700, SB800, SB900 or SB910

Nikon SB800 flashgunA separate flashgun with a flash extension lead is a really useful accessory for this course, but not essential, as we will be able to demonstrate using our equipment.

I also recommend a tripod and remote cable release if possible.

The SB600 can only be controlled as a remote slave flash only but all the others can be used as a master & a slave flash. This will be explained on the course.

The Yongnuo brands below offer a less expensive alternative and are very good.

Canon Flashguns - 430EX, 580EX or 600EX (or EX11's)

Canon 430 EX

A separate flashgun with a flash extension lead is a really useful accessory for this course, but not essential, as we will be able to demonstrate using our equipment. I also recommend a tripod and remote cable release if possible.

The 430EX can only be controlled as a remote slave flash but all the others can be used as a master & a slave flash. This will all be explained on the course.

Third Party Flashguns

Just like buying third party lenses from Tamron or Sigma it's also possible to buy flash guns from makers like Metz, Nissin, Yongnuo and others. I have to admit I have not had a lot of dealings with some of these other makes so please ensure you let me know which gun you have so I can research your model before the course. You need to buy the correct model and fitting for your camera. Please also bring your instruction manual.

Yongnuo YN-568EX Mk 11 TTL Flash with HSS - Nikon Fit

Yongnuo are well known for their virtual clone models of Canon flashguns and accessories but they also make models to fit Nikons.
Up until recently Yongnuos lacked High Speed Sync (HSS) which is the ability to be able to use fast shutter speeds outdoors for fill flash. This was something I really missed until the Yongnuo YN-568EX TTL Flash came along and allows HSS to be used on cameras like the Nikon D7000 series and above.

Amazon Link £74 - http://amzn.to/2eUEyKY

You will also require the wireless trigger below

Yongnuo

Yongnuo YN622N-KIT Wireless i-TTL Flash Trigger Kit with LED Screen for Nikon Cameras £68

TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver For Nikon £68

Yongnuo YN-622N - Nikon Fitting x 2 Approx £68

Using Digital FSK 2.4GHz frequency band with 7 channels, it has three modes, i-TTL, Manual and Multi, and it can fire flashes at 360 degree direction, the operating range is 100 metres. It supports FEC, FEB, FEL, High-speed Sync, 1st. Curtain, 2nd. Curtain, Modeling flash, i-TTL Group Ratio (ALL/A:B/A:B C), Manual/Multi group (ALL/ A:B/ A:B:C), Manual and Multi mode, Auto Zooming, Manual Zooming, AF Lamp.

Yongnuo YN-568EX Mk 11 TTL Flash with HSS - Canon Fit

  • Support High Speed Sync
  • Optical TTL Slave works with Nikon CLS
  • Guide Number 58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
  • Flash Modes: ETTL / i-TTL, M, Multi Mode

Amazon Link £74
http://amzn.to/2gxneMo

You also require the kit below

Yongnuo 568EX

Yongnuo YN622C-KIT Wireless i-TTL Flash Trigger Kit with LED Screen for Canon Cameras £68

TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver for Canon £68

Yongnuo YN-622C - Canon Fitting x 2 Approx £68

Using Digital FSK 2.4GHz frequency band with 7 channels, it has three modes, i-TTL, Manual and Multi, and it can fire flashes at 360 degree direction, the operating range is 100 metres. It supports FEC, FEB, FEL, High-speed Sync, 1st. Curtain, 2nd. Curtain, Modeling flash, i-TTL Group Ratio (ALL/A:B/A:B C), Manual/Multi group (ALL/ A:B/ A:B:C), Manual and Multi mode, Auto Zooming, Manual Zooming, AF Lamp.

YONGNUO Updated YN600EX-RT II - £93 - Buy Here

Canon users also now have the option of the YONGNUO Updated YN600EX-RT II. This new flash is based on the Canon 600EX-RT and includes both optical and wireless slave modesbuilt in so, unlike the 568 EX Mk11 it does require a a separate trigger. This flash needs pairing with a YONGNUO YN-E3-RT Wireless Speedlight Transmitter at about £62.

If you already have a Yongnuo YN-568EX Mk 11 TTL Flash with HSS - Canon Fit then stick with the Yongnuo YN622C-KIT above.

YONGNUO Updated YN600EX-RT II Wireless Flash Speedlite

YONGNUO YN-E3-RT Wireless Transmitter £62 -Buy Here

The YONGNUO YN-E3-RT Wireless Speedlight Transmitter for use with the YONGNUO Updated YN600EX-RT II. This new flash is based on the Canon 600EX-RT and includes both optical and wireless slave modesbuilt in so, unlike the 568 EX Mk11 it does require a a separate flash trigger.

If you already have a Yongnuo YN-568EX Mk 11 TTL Flash with HSS - Canon Fit then stick with the Yongnuo YN622C-KIT above.

Buy here http://amzn.to/2gxNNAP

Canon users also now have the option of the YONGNUO Updated YN600EX-RT II. This new flash is based on the Canon 600EX-RT and includes both optical and wireless slave modesbuilt in so, unlike the 568 EX Mk11 it does require a a separate trigger. This flash needs pairing with a YONGNUO YN-E3-RT Wireless Speedlight Transmitter

YONGNUO YN685N plus YN622N-TX Wireless Transmitter £90-About £121 for both on Amazon - Buy Here

The YONGNUO YN685 Speedlight has a built in wireless receiver so, unlike the YN568EX speedlight, it does not require a separate YN622N wireless receiver.

At about £90 this works out slightly cheaper than buying a YN568EX and YN622N Receiver. You will still need aYN622N-TX Wireless transmitter for both to fit on the camera hotshoe.

Unlike the YN568EX it does not have an optical trigger for use with the Nikon Creative Lighting System

Yongnuo YN685 plus 622n-TX

About £121 for both -
Buy Here

Firing an Off Camera Flash

This can be done with an extension cable, a radio transmiiter and receiver or system using the pop up flash built into some cameras - like the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS).

Try doing a search for 10m TTL Flash Cord on eBay or visit a your local camera store. Thay are about £30

They are more commonly available in 3m lengths for about £15 but these are really a bit too short though you could join two together.

Yongnuo YN62CN-KIT Wireless i-TTL Flash Trigger Kit with LED Screen for Canon Cameras

Yongnuo RF-603 Radio Flash Shutter Trigger - Non TTL

Yongnuo RF-603 Radio Flash Shutter TriggerWorks as a wireless shutter release control to trigger your camera; Transceiver System - works as a wireless flash trigger and receiver. Compatible with Nikon D90/D3100/D5000/D7000 Series cameras for shutter release controlColor: Black; Size: 3" device w/ 10" expandable cord; Batteries: 2 x AAA (NOT included)

Cheaper brands are available on eBay that do a similar thing. You can also buy sets which have a single transmitter and several receivers if you have multiple flashguns.

These can also be used as a remote shutter release

Which is the best Nikon flash gun to buy?

I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Nikon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.

Paul Richards PortraitNikon SB700 Speedlite About About £230.00

This Speedlite uses Nikons latest i-TTL metering technology for spot on exposures, It's a powerful but sensible priced main flash for general photography. The SB-700 also offers fully automatic exposure control when used in groups with other SB-700 Speedlites, controlled either by a Master SB-800 or the new Commander function of the new DSLRs like the D300, D700,D7000, D90 and D3s.

www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-SB-700-Speedlight-Flash

NIKON SB900 Speedlite about: £325
The powerful and versatile Nikon SB900 Speedlite is a professional i-TTL Speedlite compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (NCLS). These means it can be used in a multiple flash set up with other SB900s or SB600 to allow for several creative lighting scenarios for portrait or product photography. The power output and exposure can be controlled through the pop up flash and CLS menu on the Nikon D300 and D700 or by another SB900 or transmitter on the D3s.

www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-SB-910-Speedlight-Flash

Which is the best Canon flash gun to buy?

I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Canon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.

CANON Speedlite 580EX II about £375.00 (New 600EX)
This professional level speedlite is powerful and versatile with a bounce head and the ability to be a master or slave flash in a multiple lighting set-up. It's the ideal companion to any of the enthusiast through to pro cameras.

www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Speedlite-580EX-Flash or

www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-5296B003AA-Speedlite-600EX-RT-Flashgun

The Canon Speedlite 430EX II £199.99 is the baby brother to the 580 EX and as such is slightly less powerful. It can be used as a slave unit when used in conjunction with a 580 EXll or a transmitter. This flash would be a good choice for one of the amateur systems.

www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Speedlite-430EX-Flash

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

 

Student Testimonials

Another excellent course. I stepped outside my comfort zone with this more technical course but thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve learnt loads but have come away with a long shopping list of must have items.
Shan Swann

Flash

As usual another informative and relaxed day. I now understand how to use my new flashgun and I’m longer frightened to experiment. I’m looking forward to taking some photographs of my granddaughter. Mary Hartfield -

Flash 2

An excellent course as usual. This course will definitely give me the confidence in using the flash in a variety of situations. It also made me realise I would be better off with a branded rather than third party flashgun.
Gordon Bell

There’s a lot to take in on this course but I was able to go from zero knowledge to be using the flash effectively with some extra practice. Teresa Lardner

This was a really easy to understand course and made some of the shots that I thought would be really difficult seem so easy. The backlit smoke picture being an example. The practical portrait session was also very useful.
Mark Baker.

Another brilliant course from the Master! There were lots of useful hints and tips along with all the technical stuff. I’m off to try lots more flash photography.
Rob Bent

Flash

Once again learning how to set the camera up and not just what the buttons do has been invaluable. I might need to stock up on incense sticks for the smoke pictures.
Ed Spooner

Another very good course. Having been using my flash for a few months I thought I had already learnt the basics but little did I know I knew very little.
Ben Caves.