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Flash Fest: Off-Camera Flash Weekend

MARCH 29–31, 2019 | AUSTIN, TX | $299

Join us for three 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!

Three Full Days of Classes and Shooting

This three-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


This three-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. On day two, 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 two classroom sessions 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 at Butler Park that will be open to the public. This event will allow you to put what you’ve learned to the test with your 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


1 to 4 p.m. | Classroom | Welcome, equipment basics | Tim & Todd
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.

5 to 7 p.m. | Bull Creek Park | Basics – Available Light | Tim
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.


8 to 11 a.m. | Bull Creek Park | OCF Portrait Basics | Tim & Todd
With the foundation that we’ve built on Friday, we will head back to Bull Creek 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.

1 to 4 p.m. | Classroom | Basics – Modifiers and Grip | Todd (Tim)
Shaping light, there are so many different options. Umbrella, soft box, grid, barn doors, beauty dish…which one do you use and when? In this session, we will cover the different lighting modifiers and general uses for each. We will work with a professional model to shape light and demonstrate the results of each type of modifier. Students will finish this session with an understanding of the modifiers to use when using off camera flash.

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm | 2 Locations | OCF Portraits – theme shoots | Tim & Todd


Tim's Theme Shoot – Family – Bull Creek Park

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/Editiorial Portraits - Bull Creek Park

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.


8 a.m. to Noon | South Congress Ave | OCF Portraits – theme shoot | Tim & Todd

Tim and Todd's Theme Shoot - Fashion/Editorial - S. 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!

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 creativeity.

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)
• Lenses
• 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.


Single Day Pass - $149
All Three Days - $299
All Three Days + Bonus Model Access Shoot - $328 (You save $30)
Bonus Model Access Shoot Only - $59


Bonus Model Access Shoot

3 to 7 p.m. | Butler Metro Park | Tim & Todd

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

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Get a day pass!

We have day passes available for $149 and a model access shoot on March 31 for only $59!


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.

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