Centre for Continuing Education

Mastering Your Speedlight Course: Camera and Flash Made Easy

Photography. Focus your creativity.

This photography course is perfect for those wanting to get the maximum from their accessory speedlights with the minimum of fuss. Over two days, you’ll learn about creative portraiture techniques, how to manage natural, continuous and electronic lighting, and how to get the best from your own equipment. This includes how to control light manually, how to use high speed flash sync modes, how to set up and shoot wirelessly and how to use multi-burst mode (where available).

Work indoors and on location, with an assignment to complete and submit for feedback via Dropbox and Vimeo, after the class finishes.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • control and operate your flash units in all its modes (ie Auto, E-TTL, Manual and High Speed)
  • work with your own equipment to create perfectly-exposed fill-flash results
  • work with fast lenses to create shallow depth of field effects (tutor supplies lens if you do not own one)
  • combine artificial flash and natural light to create a perfectly-balanced environmental portrait
  • freeze fast-paced action using the speedlight’s high-speed flash functionality
  • arrange studio-style lighting effects using just one light source
  • learn the basics of product photography
  • create professional results with multiple flash units (tutor to supply if you don’t own multiple flash units).


This course covers the following topics:

  • using: On-camera flash
  • controlling power with flash exposure compensation
  • mastering flash features and functions including: Auto, E-TTL, iTTL settings; manual control; slave and commander flash modes (for off-camera wireless operation); multi-flash and high speed flash synchronisation settings (for large aperture or extremely fast shutter speed shooting techniques)
  • modifying the flash: hand-held reflectors
  • modifying the flash: diffusers, gobos, honeycomb grids and snoots
  • best lenses for use with flash
  • portrait composition tips
  • dragging the shutter: combining movement with flash
  • alternative (budget) approaches to equipment and lighting
  • traditional studio lighting techniques
  • single light portraits
  • high and low-key lighting
  • using a ring flash (tutor to supply)
  • post-production software techniques
  • file choice: RAW versus JPEG
  • controlling colour.

Intended audience

Suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students, YouTubers, online marketers, in house advertising and active retirees who have an interest in photography and lighting.


You need to have a reasonably good understanding of the technical functions of your camera before undertaking this class, plus a reasonable grasp of either Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom (or a similar photo editing application).


Please bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera and an accessory flash unit (dedicated, or third party), plus a good portrait lens if you have one (ie, a lens with a focal length of between 85 and 135mm).

Other equipment that would be helpful, but is certainly not compulsory includes:

  • a tripod
  • reflector
  • wireless flash triggers
  • small object like a perfume bottle (for the product shot exercise).


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • An excellent tutor with a great sense of humour, great presentation skills and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. It was a very informative and enjoyable course.

  • Thank you for an informative and enjoyable short course. Special thanks to our facilitator who was articulate and has been so generous with much guidance and inspiration.

  • The tutor has raised my confidence in using speedlite flash photography and understanding what settings achieve what effect. Thank you.

  • The general and theoretical aspects of the course were well taught and well illustrated. The tutorials/practicals with models were highly informative, especially in the old-world setting of the sandstone college.

Mastering Your Speedlight Course: Camera and Flash Made Easy

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What others say.

  • The course was great and the instructor brilliant. The practical focus was most beneficial, and the tutor's ability to share their extensive knowledge was the most valuable part of the course.