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Flash Fest

Flash Fest: Off-Camera Flash Weekend

APRIL 4 & APRIL 5 | AUSTIN, TX | $249
JUNE 6 & JUNE 7 | SAN ANTONIO, TX | $249

Join us for two packed days of classes, hands-on demos, model access shoots and more in a weekend seminar that is designed to help students learn everything necessary to get started shooting off-camera flash portraits.

With the guidance of two working pros, classroom workshops and hands-on shoots with ace models all around town, you'll learn to evaluate scenes, pose subjects, control lighting and master camera and flash settings. Learn about our schedule, instructors, get registered and more below!

Two Full Days of Classes and Shooting


This two-day seminar includes sessions at the Precision Camera classroom and various locations in and around town. Some sessions will be classroom lecture while others will provide students with the opportunity to photograph professional models using professional flash equipment. Check out our weekend's jam-packed schedule below.

TOPICS COVERED:

• Flash basics and operation
• Location scouting with good light and surroundings
• Light quality and direction
• Light placement
• Blending flash with available light
• How to separate a subject from the background
• Modifiers and grip – softboxes, light stands and more – how they impact your images
• Posing and how to make it work outdoors
• Tips, tricks and special effects

STRUCTURE & FORMAT:

This two-day seminar includes classroom sessions and various location shoots in and around town. Some sessions will be classroom lectures while others will provide students with the opportunity to photograph professional models using professional flash equipment. To close day one, students will have the choice of going on one of two hands-on, themed shoots — fashion/editorial or family. Along with themed shoots, we will host a classroom session covering foundations, terminology, safety, techniques and more. The event will culminate with the final session in which the students will direct their own lighting with instructor assistance. Along the way, the instructors will review student work and provide suggestions for improvement.

On the last day, we’ll host a BONUS model access shoot that will be open to the public. This event will allow you to put what you've learned to the test with you own gear and your own ideas. This event will be open to the public and cost $59 — but will only cost $29 if you add it on to your Flash Fest order.

Schedule of Events

  • AUSTIN
  • SAN ANTONIO

SATURDAY - April 4

8 to 11 a.m.
Basics - Available Light


Bull Creek Park
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

Prior to using flash outdoors, we should have a good understanding of available light. We will head to Bull Creek District Park and work with a professional model to learn about location scouting, light direction and light quality. We’ll also cover how to leverage a compelling location to create multiple looks as well as posing the subject relative to the available light. Students will have the opportunity to photograph a professional model to practice the material being covered.

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Basics: Modifiers and Grips


Classroom
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

We will cover the range of lighting that is available today along with the advantages and applications for each type of equipment. We’ll then do a deep dive into the menus and modes of the gear to ensure you know exactly how everything works and cover information about transmitters including operation, modes and special functions. In this session, we will start to introduce modifiers (such as softboxes) and grip (such as a light stand) then evaluate locations and start covering light placement. All equipment will be supplied including flash and transmitters – students only need their cameras. By the end of this session, students will have taken the first steps to seeing how flash can improve their outdoor portraits as well as understanding how to manipulate light.

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
OCF Portraits: Theme Shoots


Bull Creek Park
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

CHOOSE ONE:

Tim's Theme Shoot – Family

Family photography is popular but can be challenging when we’re confronted with choosing a location, posing a group of people, using our camera and lighting with flash. During this session, we will have a family on-hand and walk through a typical session. We will select locations, pose the family, choose lighting placement then photograph the family in different groups. Students will finish this session with a better vision of how all of the pieces fit together to create beautiful family portraits outdoors using off-camera flash.

Todd's Theme Shoot – Lifestyle/Fashion/Editorial Portraits

Portrait photography is popular but can be challenging when balancing natural light with flash, location, camera settings and posing our client. Fashion and Editorial photography is quite different than standard portraiture. This type of photography is more about creating an edgy look, a mood or unique lighting scenario. This can be a challenge when trying to balance or overpower the sun or create shadows. During this session, we will work with a professional model and walk through a creative portrait session. We will select various locations, pose the client, choose lighting placement and what modifier to use and then photograph our model. Students will finish this session with a better understanding of how all of the pieces fit together to create stunning and unique portraits outdoors using off-camera flash.

SUNDAY - April 5

9 a.m. to Noon 
OCF Portraits: Theme Shoot


South Congress Ave
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

Tim and Todd's Theme Shoot - Fashion/Editorial

To wrap up this event, for our final outing we will head to an outdoor shooting location. Multiple models will be on-hand and students will take the lead to direct their own mini-sessions. Students may bring their own flash or use equipment supplied by Precision Camera. Instructors will be on-hand and students will assist one another. This will be a great culmination to start applying everything you’ve learned! 



Locations

Classroom:
The Precision Camera Classroom is in our store at 2438 W. Anderson Ln., Suite B-4, Austin, TX.

Bull Creek Park:
6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78731

Model Access Meeting Place:
East Austin - Location TBD

SATURDAY - JUNE 6

8 to 11 a.m.
Basics - Available Light


Location TBD
  | Instructors: Tim & Todd

Prior to using flash outdoors, we should have a good understanding of available light. We will head to [Location TBD] and work with a professional model to learn about location scouting, light direction and light quality. We’ll also cover how to leverage a compelling location to create multiple looks as well as posing the subject relative to the available light. Students will have the opportunity to photograph a professional model to practice the material being covered.

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Basics: Modifiers and Grips


Classroom
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

We will cover the range of lighting that is available today along with the advantages and applications for each type of equipment. We’ll then do a deep dive into the menus and modes of the gear to ensure you know exactly how everything works and cover information about transmitters including operation, modes and special functions. In this session, we will start to introduce modifiers (such as softboxes) and grip (such as a light stand) then evaluate locations and start covering light placement. All equipment will be supplied including flash and transmitters – students only need their cameras. By the end of this session, students will have taken the first steps to seeing how flash can improve their outdoor portraits as well as understanding how to manipulate light.

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
OCF Portraits: Theme Shoots


2 Locations
| Instructors: Tim & Todd

CHOOSE ONE:

Tim's Theme Shoot – Family – Location TBD

Family photography is popular but can be challenging when we’re confronted with choosing a location, posing a group of people, using our camera and lighting with flash. During this session, we will have a family on-hand and walk through a typical session. We will select locations, pose the family, choose lighting placement then photograph the family in different groups. Students will finish this session with a better vision of how all of the pieces fit together to create beautiful family portraits outdoors using off-camera flash.

Todd's Theme Shoot – Lifestyle/Fashion/Editorial Portraits – Location TBD

Portrait photography is popular but can be challenging when balancing natural light with flash, location, camera settings and posing our client. Fashion and Editorial photography is quite different than standard portraiture. This type of photography is more about creating an edgy look, a mood or unique lighting scenario. This can be a challenge when trying to balance or overpower the sun or create shadows. During this session, we will work with a professional model and walk through a creative portrait session. We will select various locations, pose the client, choose lighting placement and what modifier to use and then photograph our model. Students will finish this session with a better understanding of how all of the pieces fit together to create stunning and unique portraits outdoors using off-camera flash.

SUNDAY - JUNE 7

8 to Noon 
OCF Portraits: Theme Shoot


Location TBD | Instructors: Tim & Todd

Tim and Todd's Theme Shoot - Fashion/Editorial

To wrap up this event, for our final outing we will head to the [Location TBD] area. Multiple models will be on-hand and students will take the lead to direct their own mini-sessions. Students may bring their own flash or use equipment supplied by Precision Camera. Instructors will be on-hand and students will assist one another. This will be a great culmination to start applying everything you’ve learned! 



Locations

Classroom:
Eleven Hundred Collective Studio
1100 BROADWAY ST #311 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Location TBD:
Address TBD

Model Access Meeting Place:
TBD

We'll provide all the gear — just bring your camera!


Precision Camera will provide flash gear that works with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and Fujifilm — all you’ll need to bring is your camera and your creativity.

Gear, Tickets and More

AUDIENCE

This class is targeted for all levels of photographers who wish to learn about using off-camera flash in-depth.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

• Camera (With manual settings and hot shoe)
• Lenses
• Memory cards
• Charged batteries

The instructors will provide flash that works with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm in TTL as well as HSS. If you're not familiar with those terms, you'll learn all about them in this workshop. The instructor will provide everything – all you’ll need to bring is your camera. Students are free to bring their own flash. Students will finish the event designing their own lighting as they master their understanding of using off-camera flash.

TICKET PRICES

Both Days
- $249
Both Days + Bonus Model Access Shoot - $278 (You save $30)
Bonus Model Access Shoot Only - $59

 

Bonus Model Access ShootS

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (East Austin)
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at TBA | Instructors: Tim & Todd

$29 for Flash Fest Attendees or $59 for general public.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 (San Antonio)
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at TBA | Instructors: Tim & Todd

$29 for Flash Fest Attendees or $59 for general public.

We will gather up for a final model access shoot that is open to the general public. Multiple models will be on-hand and students will take the lead to direct their own mini-sessions. Attendees will be required to use their own equipment for this shoot. We will increase the number of models we have available based off our enrollments to ensure that there is no more than 6 photographers to every one model.

FLASH FEST 2018 RECAP

FLASH FEST Instructors

TODD WHITE

Todd White specializes in fashion, commercial and portrait photography and videography. He is a LUMIX Global Ambassador and a Saramonic Ambassador. His client list includes Facebook, Pinterest, The Alamo, Neiman Marcus and various fashion designers. Todd has photographed with many country music artists including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and George Strait. His commercial work has been published in Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, People, the Wall Street Journal as well as other publications. He is an Emmy award-winning Producer and Videographer for the Daytripper TV show on PBS. Todd is an instructor at Precision Camera and Video in Austin, TX.

TIM BABIAK

Tim Babiak is a full-time photographer and a long-time instructor at PCU. Tim serves as Chairman of the Austin Professional Photographers Association and is a two-time recipient of the Photographer of the Year award from the Austin Professional Photographers Association. Tim is also a two-time Bronze Medalist in PPA’s International Print Competition. Tim is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) via the Professional Photographers of America.

Join us for the ultimate flash experience!

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