Create a natural look using flash using compact wireless multi-strobe units.

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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 a fill light, as 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.

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Past student work (left to right): Harrison Trinca, Sue Brandt, Kyle Santheson (x2)

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Instructor: Arlene Collins

Arlene Collins is a New York City based photographer specializing in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. Since 2000 she has produced and lead international photography workshops to destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Iran, Kamchatka, Russia, Greenland, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. She also lectures at home and abroad and consults privately with a number of clients on location lighting and how to photograph in the most challenging lighting situations. Collins recently co-curated the Second Image of the Silk Road Photography Biennial of Tianshui, China, where she exhibited photographs from her travels along the Silk Road and participated in symposiums discussing her work and current photography issues. She has lectured and taught workshops in Lahore, Pakistan, at ROSPHOTO the Russian State Museum of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City, the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba, the Istanbul Center of Photography, Turkey, the Three Shadows Center for Art and Photography in Beijing, China, and in Yangon, Myanmar. She 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, the Voodoo trail in Togo and Benin in Western Africa, Chernobyl’s #4 nuclear reactor and the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, The Birqash Camel (Souq al- Gamaal) Market in Cairo, and A Hamer Bull Jumping Ceremony in the Southern Omo Valley, Ethiopia.