Intro to Outdoor Flash Lighting

at California Center for Digital Arts - Santa Ana

Course Details
$129 4 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Aug 14, 11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Santa Ana, Orange County
209 N. Broadway
Btwn W 1st & 3rd Streets
Santa Ana, California 92701
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: David LaNeve

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this photography class:

This intro to outdoor flash lighting will give you the skills to manage your flash for outdoor photography.

Take the fear out of lighting your photographs in this 2-hour introduction to flash photography. In this class, you’ll learn hands-on how to better use your accessory flash as we explore the Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village.

Professional photographers often shoot outdoors with their portable flash, on and off camera. This is because it provides a powerful way to gently fill shadows and creatively blend ambient and portable fill light. This flash photography class teaches how to choose and use each workflow for your outdoor images and provides you with a new and easy to use tool to improve your outdoor photography even in the harsh light of high noon. Students also explore how to use this as a dominant light source in outdoor environments and further explore creative applications that blends ambient and portable flash light.


If you’ve wondered what that silver plate on the top of your camera does, and you’re tired of your photos being too dark, or your outdoor portraits fall flat, or, if you’re a natural light photographer ready to take your photography to the next level with lighting, this is your course! Our instructor will simplify accessory flash use outdoors by demonstrating the techniques to get you stellar portraits and simplify your landscape photographs.

Students quickly develop the skills to manage and choose portable flash settings for outdoor applications and how to use this tool as a fill light source. They explore best practices for selecting the correct ISO settings, exposure settings, and requirements appropriate to any given outdoor ambient light situation.

Students leave with knowledge and confidence in the portable lighting workflow.


  • Portable flash as the fill light source in outdoor situations
  • Power choices for outdoor lighting situations
  • Positioning on and off camera
  • Bouncing, diffusing, and reflecting
  • Which cables to use and manual power adjustment
  • Mastering the power settings


  • DSLR camera with manual exposure modes and your favorite lens
  • Accessory flash, battery, modifier (diffuser or reflector)
  • Extra battery and memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Sun protection, water bottle, and your walking shoes

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

You may cancel your registration or alternatively move to another date or use the funds for another class up to 3 business days before the class start date. The deadline for refunds or changes is 3 business days before the class start date; no refunds will apply after that date.


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11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129

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