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Demystify flash photography and learn techniques for creative flash photography.
Presented by Digital Camera Warehouse in partnership with Monash Gallery of Art.

Join us for a collaboration, between MGA + DCW, celebrating current exhibition Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind. Included in your ticket is a free guided tour of the exhibition after the workshop.

Introduction to Portrait Photography Using Flash will demystify flash photography in a practical and creative way.

At times people avoid flash because it can look artificial and overly contrasty when used incorrectly. It is often perceived as too complex and expensive to do correctly. Our instructor, Dean Butters, will work through the basics or flash photography explaining how to control the look and quality of light, balancing it with available light.

This is a great primer for people looking to level up their flash photography whether you are an enthusiast looking to get better photographs or someone looking to move into flash photography.

We will have a professional model as our subject. Our set-ups will include indoor and outdoor settings, and will focus on using a single light creatively and off-camera for varied effects. Simple changes to light can completely affect the overall mood and direction of a shoot.

After the course you will be able to apply what you have learnt to a studio environment or even a basic portable studio, using a flash kit that will fit into a basic camera bag.

Date: Wednesday 8/4/2020
Time: 10AM-1PM
Duration: 3 hours
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Gear Requirements:


- A camera with manual settings (interchangeable lens preferred), with a standard hotshoe, most cameras will have this except for some older Sony/Minolta cameras. If you are unsure please call 1300 365 220 to chat to our staff.
- Memory card/s
- Charged batteries.
- Lens/es - a zoom range lens is practical, specifically something that covers a standard view up to the traditional portrait range. These lenses will be well suited but any lens (wide or telephoto) will be usable:

Full Frame: 50mm-135mm
Crop Frame: 35mm-105mm
MFT: 25mm-70mm.

- Comfortable footwear and weather appropriate clothing as the workshop does have an outdoor component


- Feel free to bring your own on-camera flash (speedlite) if you own one and have some questions on how to use it
- Bring any modifiers or diffusers that you have for your flash.

Prerequisite/Recommended: An understanding of the basic function on your camera would be a help but full instruction will be given.
Location: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150
Approximate Class Size: 10-12 people
Instructors: Dean Butters
Map: Click Here

Dean is a visual artist who has been he has been a finalist in Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award & was nominated Qantas Foundation: Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award

MGA is the Australian home of photography. We champion Australian photography, and inspire audiences to embrace, explore and value photography. As Australia’s leading public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibition of photography, we engage local, national and international audiences in arts and cultural experiences

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