Mastering Flash on Camera and Off

Improve your lighting style through the use of compact multi-strobe flash units - for intermediate and advanced photographers.

Arlene Collins

This workshop is for the intermediate and advanced photographer who wants to improve their lighting style through the use of compact flash units. Photographing in real life situations, or when traveling can be easy, if you know how to use your flash unit. In a variety of challenging lighting situations you will learn how to use an on camera flash as fill light for the main source of light and use wireless multi strobe set-ups to light interiors, portraits, and environmental portraits. 


Today’s portable flash units are a convenient & cost effective method for using multiple flash units on location.  Lectures and on-location demonstrations include using the different flash modes TTL, Auto & Manual, using light modifiers to shape, soften and control light, and using multiple strobe units to light on location. Expand your shooting technique to include creating a natural look using your flash unit. 

 Students must know how to use their camera in manual exposure mode and own a compact flash unit for their camera. 



Arlene Collins

Arlene Collins specializes in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. She currently develops and leads international photography workshops, offers a master photography class and topic-specific short courses in her New York City studio, lectures in the United States and abroad, and consults privately with a number of clients.

She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design and teaches at the Maine Media Workshops, and for 15 years she taught in the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Arlene is a world traveler, and the list of countries she has not yet visited or worked in continues to   shrink. She has photographed in more than 60 international locations. She has lectured in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Havana, Cuba and Istanbul, Turkey, and she has taught workshops at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City; ROSPHOTO, the Russian State Center of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba; and at the Three Shadows Photography Center in Beijing, China. In addition, Arlene has led intensive workshops to Turkey, Morocco, Mali, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Cuba, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

Closer to home, she has been a panelist on the Night Photography Seminar at New York City’s Photo Plus and has reviewed portfolios for Photo Plus, The New York Photo Festival, and the Society for Photographic Education.

Arlene has created several long-term photography essays, including Boxing photographed in New York City, Moscow, and Bangkok, and essays on the Rodeo in New Jersey and Voodoo in Western Africa. As she continues her international travels, Arlene also adds to her ongoing photographic essay on “UNESCO – designated” World Heritage Sites. In addition to her still photography, Arlene now produces video. She has created Mali: Witnessing Traditions; Ten Days in May: St. Petersburg and Moscow; The Birqash Camel Market in Cairo, Egypt; A Hamer Bull Jumping Ceremony in the Southern Omo Valley, Ethiopia, and The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: aka North Korea.

Arlene continues to travel and teach workshops around the world. Recently she returned from photographing in North Korea, and her next workshop is to Kamchatka, Russia.