workshops on flash photography and lighting – NJ / NYC

The group photography workshops are full-day events – and are a mixture of seminar presentation and practical shooting. The workshops will be held at my studio space in NJ. There is free parking, and it is easily reached from the main highways in the area. There is also regular bus transport from NYC. (We can fetch you from the bus terminal.) Lunch and refreshments are included!

The $600 fee for the full-day workshop is due at the time of registration. Each workshop is limited to 6 people only. This way I can make sure of individual attention with each photographer attending the workshop section of the day, and allow everyone plenty of time to work with the models and to get personal feedback.

  • May 17, 2015  (Sunday)
  • July 19, 2015  (Sunday)
  • Sept 20, 2015  (Sunday)


photography workshop –  (9 am until 8 pm) – $600

Discussion of techniques  
The presentations, via slides on a projector, are based on the articles on this website and covered in my books on flash photography, but certain topics are extended.   I will answer all questions, and thoroughly cover a variety of topics, which will include:

  • TTL / Auto flash .. vs .. manual flash
  • Exposure metering for ambient light
  • Implications of flash sync speed
  • Adding fill-flash to available light outdoors
  • Flash indoors
  • Directional bounce flash
  • Flash modifiers – uses & limitations
  • Dragging the shutter
  • Tungsten light & flash
  • Wireless TTL flash
  • Dealing with harsh sunlight

Practical Application
This part of the workshop is where we have hands-on photography to reinforce the information presented during the seminar portions.  There will be 2 models available during the photo sessions, and each attendee will be given the opportunity to work with the models, together and individually.

Several different lighting situations will be set up and each participant will get to practice the concepts covered in the morning’s presentation. For the on-location part of the workshop, we’ll find interesting backgrounds and set-ups, and use and practice what we had learnt. Pocket Wizards will be available for each attendee to use for the off-camera lighting / studio setup.  The practical exercises will include:

  • metering for ambient light and fill flash
  • using TTL flash and manual flash
  • off-camera flash and a softbox (manual and TTL)
  • wireless TTL flash


what you need for the workshop:

  • Be prepared:
    You will get the most out of the workshop if you are familiar with your camera’s basic operations. Make sure you know how to manually adjust your shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO. Know where your in-camera meter is and how to read it. You need to be familiar already with concepts such as depth-of-field, as well as the effect choice of shutter speed would have on the sharpness of the photo.Break out the manual and review these things before the workshop if necessary!
  • Equipment:
    Your camera, a medium range zoom (hopefully f2.8 max aperture), but if you have them, also bring a 50mm and/or an 85mm lens, your flash, whatever flash modifiers you normally use, and (of course) a CF card. If you have a battery pack for your flashgun, it would also help. Bring a 70-200mm lens as well if you have one.I will have two softboxes and other lighting equipment and enough pocketwizards for the group.


workshop cancellation policy:

  • Note that no refunds will be issued for cancellations inside 30 days from the date of a workshop for any reason. However, you are welcome to sell or gift your spot to someone else.
  • Also note that Paypal only allows a full refund within a 60 day window. Outside of that period Paypal fees are incurred, and I won’t be able to refund the full amount.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations of workshops that have been announced as being fully booked. Once a workshop is announced as being fully booked, it stops others from bookings those spots. Therefore it would simply not be possible to refund your fees should you cancel a workshop which has been announced as being fully booked. And again, you are welcome to sell or gift your spot to someone else.


register for a workshop – $600

Payment of fees for the workshop is via Paypal.
If you wish to pay via credit card or check, please call me at 862-485-7276

July 19, 2015 (Sunday)

Sept 20, 2015 (Sunday)


contact me

Please feel free to e-mail me or phone me at 862-485-7276, for more information about the workshops. If you’d like to be updated about upcoming workshops (and other photography news and info), then there is the monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to.

thank you
Neil van Niekerk


A video clip from the 2011 workshop in Dublin, Ireland


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1 Chris Costello July 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for a great workshop! I learned so much that I can put into practice immediately.

I haven’t gone through all of the files yet but here are three that are pretty much SOOC, except for slight cropping and contrast adjustment. I’ve never been able to nail everything consistently like this, especially in the harsh sun, so I must have learned something! Your teaching methods are excellent.

In addition, everything was great from the studio, equipment, food, etc.

I liked going on location at the meat packing district. I had never been there before; I can see how it would be a great place to do engagement sessions, senior portraits, etc.


2 Matthew Warzecha May 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I was lucky enough to be a part of one of Neil’s lighting workshops this last weekend and I have nothing but good things to say about it… Neil taught us his simplistic yet effective lighting strategies which gave me the knowledge to light any scenario… 5 days later and i feel refreshed, confident, excited, and not afraid of any lighting situation that might come my way… I feel like my photography has grown so much this month and I have Neil to thank for that!


3 Erin Hanssen September 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Drove all the way from Maryland for Neil ‘s workshop. Worth everything! Even the exhaustion I feel today at work. Can’t thank him or Eric enough! Now to put it all into practice.


4 Julie February 2, 2015 at 4:34 am

Do you ever visit texas?


5 Neil vN February 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Hi there Julie. As I mention in comment #2 here – photography workshop schedule – I’ve put the travel workshops on hold for now.


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