Accessory Flash Workshop

Oftentimes, photographers think they have to choose a side and become a “Natural Light” or “Flash” Photographer.  But this is not the case. Understanding how to use both available light and flash in your photography will make you a more rounded, versatile photographer. In this class, we will teach you how to turn a single flash mounted to your camera into a portable studio, producing studio quality lighting. Get rid of nasty flash-shadows, grow beyond simple bounce-ceiling lighting, and achieve beautiful, flattering lighting on all your subjects.

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These flashes are quite complicated and have as many functions as your camera body. In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at both Nikon and Canon accessory flash models, and break it down, so that you understand how each function works. Through practical exercises, you will learn how to use this powerful tool to compliment your photography. You’ll be able to create sharper images, images with a more colourful background and give your images more depth.

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After we’ve explored the functions of the accessory flash, we will move on to some practical exercises and investigate the benefits, along with the complications that may arise while using flash in both indoor and outdoor locations.

When you have finished this workshop, you will be knowledgeable and experienced in all of the buttons and functions on your accessory flash, shooting in TTL mode, shooting in manual flash mode, how on-camera flash can hurt your images and what to do about it, and how on-camera flash can be used to improve your images and how to achieve these affects.

“The Accessory Flash course exceeded my expectations. This course certainly has given me a solid foundation.” –Cathryn, Exposed Paws Photography

"I found the course a lot more helpful being hands-on and learned well in the small classroom environment." --Carly "Great course, lots of information. Instructor is very knowledgable and gives lots of technical & practical tips & techniques." --Angela Corley, Glitzz Photography "The concepts presented in this course will definitely help to elevate my photography. The delivery of material was well thought out and the instructor was more than willing to answer all of our questions." --Andrea

What Students Have Said

“I found the course a lot more helpful being hands-on and learned well in the small classroom environment.” –Carly

“Great course, lots of information. Instructor is very knowledgable and gives lots of technical & practical tips & techniques.” –Angela Corley, Glitzz Photography

“I thought this was a great course, very comprehensive and the instructor, Mike Hodson, was clearly experienced and brought with him a wealth of practical, pragmatic information. Mike walked us through initial considerations such as how to judge the quality and direction of the ambient light, assessing whether adding flash lighting would improve the lighting on your subject and is it even possible to do that given your current location. We covered things like how to get soft, directional flash lighting, how to balance ambient light with flash lighting and how to set up the flash and camera to achieve what you are trying to capture. For portraiture, we covered how to create different portrait lighting styles:  in particular, Loop, Butterfly and Rembrandt styles. Additionally we covered the less-used flash settings (strobe, rear-curtain sync, high-speed sync, flash exposure lock etc.) and the situations where you might use these.” –Fred Melnyk

Length & Format 12 hours total
Weekdays 4 nights of 3 hours each
Maximum Number of Participants 8
  • None, however it is strongly recommended you are comfortable with your DSLR in manual mode, taking proper exposures, and using histograms.
  • You may be interested in taking Using Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera which focuses on manual mode, proper exposures, and histograms.
  • You may also be interested in taking the Portrait Lighting Workshop which teaches the fundamental of lighting.
Bring With You Please see this page for complete details on what to bring, and what not to bring.

  • DSLR camera
  • Bat­teries and memory card
  • Camera manual if pos­sible
  • Note taking supplies
  • Accessory flash, minimum requirements are a Canon 430EX or a Nikon 600SB

NOTE: This class requires a minimum number of students to attend before it can run. If we don’t meet this minimum 5 business days before the class is scheduled to start, we will cancel it. If you want to take this class, don’t wait until the last minute to register!


The King’s University College – Edmonton (info and map)
9125 50 St NW Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3
Mondays (6:30PM – 9:30PM) Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 $249 Register Here


Heritage Christian Academy – Calgary (info and map)
2003 McKnight Blvd NE Calgary, AB T2E 6L2
There are no dates scheduled for this course, at this location, right now. If you wish to take this course please contact us and let us know so that we can tell you when we schedule it.


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