March 27 & 28, 2021 | ATX | $278
Join us for two days of classes, 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.
Single day and full weekend passes are available. 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 Austin. 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.
• 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 sessions at the Precision Camera classroom and various locations in and around Austin. Some sessions will be classroom lecture while other will provide students with the opportunity to photograph professional models using professional flash equipment. The event will culminate with the final session in which the students will direct their own lighting with instructor assistance. Students will see the instructors evaluate scenes, pose the models, demonstrate lighting, and explain camera and flash settings. Along the way, the instructors will review student work and provide suggestions for improvement.
Flash Fest: $249 | Model Access Shoot: $59
Flash Fest + Model Access Shoot: $278 (save $30!)
Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 27:
- 8:30 - 11am | Basics - Available Light | Tim
Brushy Creek Lake Park
Prior to using flash outdoors, we should have a good understanding of available light. We will head to Brushy Creek Lake 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.
- 1 - 3pm | Welcome, Equipment Basics | Tim & Todd
Precision Camera Classroom
We will kick off this event by getting everyone acclimated to the gear. 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. Finally, we’ll cover information about transmitters including operation, modes and special functions.
- 4:30 - 7:30pm | OCF Portraits - Theme Shoots | Tim & Todd
Bull Creek Park
With the foundation that we’ve built on Friday, we will head back to Brushy Creek Lake Park to start shooting outdoors with off-camera flash (OCF). We will start to introduce modifiers (such as softboxes) and grip (such as a light stand) then evaluate locations and start covering light placement. Students will again work with a professional model exploring camera and light settings that yield a variety of results so different creative intents can be accomplished. 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.
Sunday, March 28:
- 9am - Noon | OCF Portraits - Theme Shoot | Tim & Todd
South Congress Ave
To wrap up this event, for our final outing we will head to the South Congress 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!
Bonus Model Access Shoot
Sunday, March 28:
- 1:30 - 4:30pm | Model Access Shoot | Tim & Todd
We will gather in East Austin 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.
Gear, Tickets and More
This class is targeted for all levels of photographers who wish to learn about using off-camera flash in-depth.
• Camera (With manual settings and hot shoe)
• Memory cards
• Charged batteries
The instructors will provide flash that works with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji 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.
Flash Fest - $249
Model Access Shoot - $59
Flash Fest + Model Access Shoot - $278 | Save $30!
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.
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We have day passes available for $149 and a model access shoot on March 31 for only $59!
FLASH FEST 2018 RECAP
FLASH FEST Instructors
Todd White specializes in fashion, portrait and commercial photography/videography. He has photographed with many country artists including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and George Strait. A selection of these photos have been published in People and Country Weekly magazines. Other commercial work has been published in Vogue, British Vogue, the Wall Street Journal and Texas Highways. Other commercial clients include Altar'd State, Facebook, Pinterest and Neiman Marcus. Todd has videography and editing experience in fashion and commercial projects. He has shot/edited spots for Austin Area Chevy, The Alamo in San Antonio, City of Georgetown and Rudy's BBQ. He is the Director of Media for Fashion X and Producer and Videographer for the Daytripper TV show on PBS.
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.