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Nikon Speedlight Masterclass with David Robbins

About the course:

David Robbins, former tutor at The Nikon School uses his expert knowledge and experience to guide you through this hands-on workshop, where he will take you through the basics of using a speedlight to controlling and modifying light from multiple off camera speedlights.

He provides all you need to know to be confident in using flash illumination in any situation. Whether you take close-ups of nature or location portraits, learn how flash light can lift your images from the ordinary to the amazing. The course will teach how to take control of flash for better results. It will provide the foundation for all creative photography with flash lighting and show you how to get the most from your Nikon DSLR and Speedlight.

Course Requirements:

This course is suitable for beginners through to more experiences users, but we recommend having completed Wilkinson Cameras Beginners’ DSLR Workshop Stage 1 or that you have a good understanding of your camera’s menu system and the basic exposure modes, P, A, S.

Please bring along your Nikon DSLR*, with a fully charged battery, and lens, plus a suitable memory card. If you already own a speedlight, then please bring it with you, along with a set of fully charged suitable batteries, but please note that there is no requirement to bring one along if you don’t have a speedlight.

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  • This course provides the ideal opportunity to learn all about flash photography. It will demystify how flash works and how you can set-up and use flash for accurate repeatability. Staring with the simplest options it teaches you how to adapt and modify the lighting to make the most of any situation. By controlling and modifying the light using both on-board and off camera flash lighting you can create studio quality lighting that works seamlessly with any ambient light for amazing creative possibilities. The secret to great pictures is often the subtlety of lighting - Speedlight flash control gives that control for superb control of contrast, reduced shadows and highlighting details.



    This is also a great course to attend if you are thinking about buying a speedlight, as you will finish the course feeling confident in using speedlights, modifying light and knowing when and how to use them. You will therefore be able to make a more informed decision when deciding which speedlight is best for your needs.


    *This course is specifically designed for Nikon users, and therefore we would not recommend attending the course with a different brand of camera, as the terminology and menu settings will be different for many aspects of the course. We do offer a Canon Speedlite course and a Flash Photography Course for any brand of DSLR or CSC.


    Course content:

    •Identify and understand the key features of a Nikon flash unit

    •How to set and reset on-board and off camera Speedlights

    •Learn how light behaves to understand how to control flash.

    •Learn how digital cameras work with flash to understand when to let it take charge.

    •The difference between manual and TTL flash.

    •What is the difference between TTL, TTL BL, AA, Manual

    •How to balance flash lighting with ambient for a more natural result.

    •Begin to use bounce and tilt to modify the quality of the lighting.



    •Using on-board flash for basic fill flash.

    •Flash compensation to control output and improve performance.

    •Speedlight use understanding TTL and manual.

    •Balance BL flash or not.

    •Bounce tilt flash for better lighting.

    •Modifying using external accessories for professional lighting techniques.

    •Take the flash off camera for more control.

    •Feathering and filtering light.



    You will leave feeling confident in your ability to correctly control a Nikon Speedlight in a range of situations, using different modes, on and off-camera flash and you will also have an understanding of light modifiers. You will know how and when to use modifiers and how they effect the light. Your understanding of the effects of the quality, intensity and colour of lighting will enable you to make informed decisions when it comes to your photography in the future.


    The Day:

    This course takes place at The Liverpool Learning Suite. Tea, coffee, etc. will be provided and atendees will have 60 minutes for lunch. Lunch is not provided, but our central location means that there are many lunch options within a short walk. If you wish to bring your own packed lunch, then we do provide a fridge and guests are welcome to eat their lunch in The Learning Suite.

    Courses start at 10am, but feel free to arrive from 9.30am in order to get a coffee and relax beforehand. Courses finish at approximately 4.30pm, but this time may change, so please allow extra time when making travel arrangements.



    Please note that The Learning Suite is on the 1st floor of our Liverpool store and our toilet facilities are on the 2nd floor.

    Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access. However, our staff are always on hand if you require any assistance. We are open for viewings 7 days a week, if you want to check the accessibility beforehand. 


    If you or anyone in your group wishes to attend one of our Liverpool based courses, but is unsure whether the venue is suitable, then please get in touch. Wherever possible, we will try to accomodate you, or look into an alternative solution. Thank you.


    Cancellations - Cancellations made within 7 days of the event are non-refundable.