Speedlight Mastery ~ Full production

Nov 11, 2018 | Flash, Location | 22 comments

Here it is. The full production of Speedlight Mastery in 720p HD, advert free. In this video I show how to use a few Speedlights to create magical portraits on the street.

I made this production in 2009. It was originally released in HD on Blu Ray and in SD on double DVD. The production and authoring budget was £55,000. Not bad for a feature film length production. The kit I used to shoot the stills is now all obsolete but here is a list that I compiled from memory:

Cameras: Canon 5D, Nikon D700, Nikon D300
Speedlights: Nikon SB800, Nikon SB900, Canon 430EX2, Canon 580 EX2
Triggers: Nikon SU800, Canon STE2, Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5
Lenses: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms
Various accessories from lovegrove.lighting and Honl.


  1. Kevin Cull

    Ha I remember buying this Damien! It’s brilliant though and thanks, now I can do some revision without digging the DVD out! :-)

  2. fioroni gerard

    fantastique video,you are a such good photographer j love it somuch,thank’s a lot mr Lovegrove!!!

  3. Jose Gonzales

    How do you set up your camera to shoot with speedlights at 1/1000sec if cameras have synch speed around 1/250th of sec ? Thank you

  4. Damien

    Hi Kevin, thank you for your custom and if you bought it on DVD now you can view it at higher resolution. Thanks for your continued support.

    Kindest regards,


  5. Damien

    Hi Gerard, Thank you for your kind words. Stay inspired and have fun with your photography :)

    Kindest regards,


  6. Damien

    Hi Jose,

    It depends upon the camera you have but for the past 10 years or so something called High Speed Sync or HSS has been around. HSS allows you to shoot with flash at any shutter speed. Each camera manufacturer has their own way of implementing it but essentially you need a flash with HSS capabilities and a trigger for the flash that is dedicated to your camera.

    Kindest regards,


  7. Jose Gonzales

    Damien, thank yo so much for your HSS explanation ! Now I know what that stands for ! LOL ! So glad I signed up for your website ! Thank you so much ! Jose G. ( sorry, system would not allow me to Reply directly to your comment )

  8. Damien

    You are welcome Jose :)

  9. David F

    Hi Damien.
    Thanks for posting this video its excellent and so well presented. I’m feeling inspired to have a serious go in the field and put the lighting stand I got from you on the first Wild West tour to use.
    Keep smiling.
    Dave Fisher.

  10. İlker Adlı

    Thank you Damien! I learned so much from you!

  11. Rob Neal

    I remember buying this as a download. It’s amazing to see how far camera kit and portable lighting has advanced. So different to your gear in Lumen but still great to watch again.

  12. Wojciech Chmielnicki

    This is too good to be free :) I actually bought all your training videos a month ago and this one is a very nice bonus. I really like your work and the way you show how you did it…. Very helpfull. Thanks Damien.

  13. Damien

    Thank you David. Stay inspired my friend :)

    Kindest regards,


  14. Damien

    You are welcome :)

  15. Damien

    Thank you Rob for your custom back in the day and for endorsing this video.

    Kindest regards,


  16. Damien

    Thank you Wojciech,

    I’m glad you enjoyed this production. We stopped selling it several years ago because the kit I used has become obsolete but the techniques are still valid so I decided to publish it :)

    Kindest regards,


  17. Erwin

    Damien i just finished watching the whole 2,5 hrs. You have blown my mind. Thank you so much for this. Greetings from Holland.

  18. Damien

    Thank you Erwin. Now get out there and shoot :) Have fun, Damien.

  19. Gloria serna

    I love your work

  20. Damien

    Thank you Gloria :)

    Kindest regards, Damien

  21. Damien

    Thank you Joss :)

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