Tyler Meade: Off-Camera Flash Portrait Seminar / by Craig Roberts

Following are some photographs from a recent off-camera flash seminar hosted by the PPOC-BC in Fort Langley, led by Kamloops-based photographer Tyler Meade.  The focus and strength of Tyler's seminar was instructing how best to determine the ambient exposure first in the camera, then use the small strobes' TTL-ability to provide the correct lighting power for our subjects.  It is one of those photographic theories that you can read about ad nauseam, but needs to be used in a practical application to appreciate its ease and simplicity.  First up are a few images I captured of one of our models, in between instructional shots as Tyler set up different scenarios - essentially I was shooting all of these following his off-camera flash demonstration, however these images were all natural afternoon sunlight (as in, 1:30pm-after-the-rain-and-the-clouds-have-moved-off-sunlight) ... I know, it was a flash seminar, where are the flash images?

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The next two images were a couple of portraits I was able to capture of one of our volunteer models ...

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Again, the primary goal here was to balance the ambient exposure element with the incoming flash power to create a cohesively-visual image. 

If anything, the message that resonated as a reult of this day was that you just need to get out and shoot, shoot and shoot some more ... great photos aren't going to just appear, you need to continually practice your craft to get consistency and confidence.