Speedlight Mastery 1 ~ pictures and techniques

Here's a bit of random. It's the only shot in this set not lit with a Speedlight.

This a bit of random to start my shooting season blog posts. It's the only shot in this set not lit with a Speedlight.

Here is a small selection of the shots taken on Tuesdays Speedlight Mastery workshop for Canon shooters.

Stina is well wrapped up in our first shooting location. Lit with a pair of Speedlights.

Stina is well wrapped up in our first shooting location, lit with a pair of Speedlights.

The key for this shot

The key for this shot is a Speedlight in a Lastolite Ezybox hotshoe.

Another area in this location lit with a couple of bare faced Speedlights.

Stina brings another area in this location to life. Lit with a couple of bare faced Speedlights.

Quite a straightforward shot for the Pocket Wizards but not posible with infra red triggering.

Quite a straightforward shot for the Pocket Wizards but not possible with infra red triggering.

We nipped into the Pitcher and Piano for lunch and I took this shot on the back stairs. I keyed Stina with a Speedlight in a silver brolly clamped to the bannister with a magic arm.

We nipped into the Pitcher & Piano for lunch and I took this shot on the back stairs. I keyed Stina with a Speedlight in a silver brolly clamped to the Bannister with a magic arm.

This shot along the bar in the Pitcher & Piano was keyed with a Speedlight in a Lastolite Ezybox

This shot along the bar in the Pitcher & Piano was keyed with a Speedlight in a Lastolite Ezybox

We then went out and about to finish the curriculum. Two kick lights fitted with half blue gels and an on camera key fitted with a Honl full orange gel.

We then went out and about to finish the curriculum. Two kick lights fitted with half blue gels and an on camera key fitted with a Honl full orange gel.

The last shot of the day was a high speed sync f/4 shot lit with a Speedlight in a silver brolly

The last shot of the day was a high speed sync f/4 shot lit with a Speedlight in a silver brolly

Why not join me on a Speedlight Mastery workshop this Spring, new dates are being added on a weekly basis. I’m researching and testing Nikon compatible radio triggers at the moment. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime I’m pushing the fantastic CLS system to it’s limits so make the most of your investment in Speedlights and take control of your lighting.

Please feel free to comment on the shots.

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

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19 thoughts on “Speedlight Mastery 1 ~ pictures and techniques

  1. so you hit the new shoot season running :) Riveting rivets, those shoes…..omg those shoes, which lens? and the final shot classic you. Look forward to trying to dislodge you off the pedestal in April

  2. Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement. I had a few opening night wobbles but I’m shooting on all cylinders now.

    Chris, You’ll have a bit of a wait on your hands for my pedestal ;) See you soon :) D

  3. Great Shots Damian – really looking forward to the speedlight masterclass next Tuesday. Although I must confess I’m pretty damn nervous about it all! It’ll be a great day though and can’t wait!

  4. Hi Paul, There’s no need to be nervous about the Speedlight Mastery workshop. If you have any questions about kit or anything else really just email me.

    See you on Tuesday.

  5. Hi Damien, just to say thankyou for such a great day last tuesday…(canon speedlight mastery)
    stina was fabulous and you were inspiring managed to bag some great shots..thankyou…look forward to my next worksop and seeing you soon Terry

  6. Hi Damien,

    Love your work!

    Question…Can you make Speedligth Mastery Blue ray download version for Windows Media?

    I dont have a Blue ray not really planning to buy me one anytime soon, and I live in Seattle, Wa, USA
    probably will take 2-3 weeks before i get it..
    greetings
    ron

  7. Hi Ron,

    I’m hoping to make NTSC DVD versions of the Speedlight Mastery disc. I made BluRay because it is secure and non region specific. Windows Media is not protected and will be all over the web in no time :(

    Thanks for asking, Damien.

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