March 12, 2012

more still about flash photography

I presented another Master-Class this year at WPPI in Las Vegas. I rather audaciously chose the title of my talk to be:

Flash Photography – The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

As a photographer, there are certain inescapable essentials we absolutely have to know before we can progress in understanding light and lighting. In this presentation, Neil barrels through the conflicting advice you’ve received, offering the essential building blocks to help you truly grasp the power of flash and lighting done right.

That does seem rather bold now! Very ambitious. With the presentation I pulled together a number of key concepts which are essential to understanding flash photography. So there wasn’t an overall theme in this case – just ten different concepts which I think are important.

The presentation over-ran by about 45 minutes, with all of the questions that had to be answered. The response to my presentation was very good. One of the emails I received afterwards said: “I took your platform class at the WPPI this year and I have to say, it was my favourite by far!!” And that is so good to hear!

With this, I have decided to add the material to the flagship articles here on flash photography. Time to explore!

elements of flash photography


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1 Paul March 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

A nice selection of articles, Neil. I always learn something when I look in on this blog. I found your “Off Camera Flash” book to be really inspiring and thought provoking and it has certainly improved my own efforts.

I’d love to see some more of your work from the Master Class.

Best regards,



2 Stephen Bunn March 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Great writing as always… I always pick up something new when I visit your site… I am so attached to my own Black foamie thingy now… why flashes dont come with one is beyond me.

Stephen Bunn – Wedding Photographer Kent


3 Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer | John Gibson March 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Great article, Neil. I’ve learned a ton from your books and your web site. I’m going to make it a point to attend should you offer a class at WPPI next year.



4 Neil vN November 10, 2012 at 3:44 am

John … WPPI requested a proposal for their 2013 convention, but didn’t accept my proposed seminar topic. So I won’t be presenting at WPPI in 2013.


5 Andy Stonier November 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Nice Flash article, learnt something … which is nice


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