Upcoming dates/times: WED, Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm; TUE, Jun 23 - Aug 18, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm; THU, Sep 10 - Nov 5, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm; TUE, Sep 22 - Nov 17, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? This introductory workshop is great for anyone who wants to discover the foundations and potential of digital photography. What you will learn: Over several weeks we'll be covering all the nuts-to-bolts aspects of exposure, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, depth of field, motion blur, as well as comparing different lenses and the basics of composition. Class instruction strongly emphasizes technical understanding and operating in the field, with weekly assignments and critique. Digital Photo I is a goal-oriented process. Students will learn how to use these skills towards their favorite type of photography and work to perfect their craft by creating a series of images. They will discuss, print, install and exhibit these photographs in a Student Show at the completion of the course. What to Bring? Your camera and manual. We will provide you with a syllabus and field guide notebook. Prerequisites: No experience is necessary to get started.
Digital Photo II: Intermediate (9 weeks)
Upcoming dates/times: THU, Sep 10 - Nov 5, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Intermediate shooters, which includes students who have already learned how to control exposure manually. This class is perfect if you have some experience with photography... maybe you took a few courses in college and need a refresher, or you'd like to progress further after completing Digital Photo I. What you will learn: Moving past the basics, Digital Photo II: Intermediate is where things start to get interesting. This course picks up where Digital Photo I leaves off, and introduces color photography, white balance, lighting and on-camera flash, as well as composition review, color schemes and creative effects. Class time is a mixture of solid technical training, in-depth demonstrations and group critique. We'll be covering the more fascinating aspects of creative photography and dissecting legendary images from the most revered photographers. As with Digital Photo I, the course culminates with an exhibition of final projects created during class. You'll push beyond your limits and leave the class with a series of images to make you feel proud. What to Bring: Your camera and manual. We will provide you with a syllabus and field guide notebook. Prerequisites: Knowledge of digital SLR manual functions and a basic understanding of exposure control, depth of field and motion blur is required for this course. It is highly recommended to complete Digital Photo I: The Basics.
Crash Course: Urban Landscapes (3 hours)
Date/Time: SAT, Jun 6, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; SUN, Jun 21, 2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm; SAT, Jul 25, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class: New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, particularly when it comes to great photography. Classic street shooters like Robert Frank, Reinhart Wolf and William Klein loved to train their lens on Liberty City's rolling architecture, its vitality and grit. To capture and document this city is to become part of New York's rich narrative preserved and remembered for generations. This live shooting workshop is a window into this inspired way of looking at the city, and is available to students of all experience levels. What you will learn: First we'll examine some work by a few noteworthy photographers of the Urban Landscape, and discuss how they sought and achieved their iconic imagery. Then we'll hit the streets, focusing on dynamic framing and composition, analyzing lighting conditions, assessing color and contrast, and exploring the area for arresting scenes to photograph. At the end we'll discuss ways to develop our ideas and take our photos further. What to bring: Your camera with a clean-formatted memory card. DSLRs or other cameras with full manual control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO are recommended but not required. If you're wondering about your camera's capability, contact us for more details. Prerequisites: None! All are welcome.
The Analog Film Lab (8 hours)
Dates/Times: SUN, Jun 14, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Gowanus; SAT, Jun 20, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Bushwick; SUN, Jun 28, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Gowanus; SUN, Jul 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Gowanus; SAT, Jul 18, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Bushwick; SAT, Aug 1, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Bushwick; SUN, Aug 9, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Gowanus; Description: Who should take this class: Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film. Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting. What you will learn: This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day. First we'll meet at the Bushwick Community Darkroom and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you'll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints. Finally, we'll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you've made entirely on your own. What to bring: Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one. If not, we do have a few older models that you can use during class, so please contact us if you might need to borrow one. Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch. Of course, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby if you'd rather buy lunch. Prerequisites: If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking Field Guide I or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: DSLR, prior to taking this class. Materials provided (included in cost of the class): 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp); All resin-coated photographic paper; All development chemistry. Max: 7 students.
Need a camera? (35mm SLR)$8.00
Field Guide VI: HD Video (2 days)
Description: Who should take this class? Anyone who would like to learn the basics of shooting HD video with your DSLR camera. What you will learn: New DSLRs are becoming the de facto standard for consumer and prosumer video, and with good reason. A wide range of lenses, bodies and accessories are making it easier than ever to create beautiful, lifelike motion pictures, perfect for your next vacation video, Youtube web series or arthouse film. Learn how the video mode operates through a detailed demonstration on the new video DSLRs. We'll see how the camera switches from stills to moving image (what is Live View? why did my viewfinder stop working?) and learn the standard settings used to get the right exposure and the right appearance of movement. We'll show you what accessories are most useful for capturing video, and students will be assigned to shoot their own creative videos between sessions which will be reviewed and discussed during the second session. Introduce moving images into your workflow and make amazing films today! What to bring: A video-enabled DSLR camera. Check your camera's manual to determine if your model can shoot video. Most DSLRs released in the past 3 years have video functionality. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us for more info. Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that students take Field Guide I and II or have a firm understanding of exposure control via aperture, shutter speed and ISO before taking this class.
Field Guide I: The Camera (1 day)
Dates/Times: TUE, Jun 2, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (SAVE $50); SUN, Jun 14, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; SUN, Jul 12, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; SUN, Jul 26, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; SAT, Aug 8, 2015, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Gowanus; SUN, Aug 16, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? All aspiring photographers and hobbyists, travelers, designers, stylists, or anyone who wants to learn a lot about photography but doesn't have a ton of free time. What you will learn: Learn all your basic camera operations and get started the right way with a condensed package of essential information. This one-day workshop will cover all the functions and core concepts you need to know, as well as tips on how to get the kind of shot you want. We'll be covering the basics of exposure, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, and dealing with different kinds of light. We emphasize learning-by-doing, so we'll have class shoots inside and outside to help you apply your newly learned skills to real-world conditions. What to bring: Bring your camera and we will provide you with a syllabus and field guide notebook. Prerequisites: No experience necessary!
Field Guide II: The Street (1 day)
Date/Time: TUE, Jun 9, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (SAVE $50); SUN, Jun 28, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; SAT, Jul 25, 2015, 1:00 - 7:00 pm @ Gowanus; SUN, Aug 2, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? This workshop is ideal for students and street shooters who are already knowledgable with basic mechanics of the camera (controlling exposure, focus, aperture, shutter speed) and want to develop their technique and experiment with natural light. It's a great class for applying what you've learned in an introductory course like Field Guide I, furthering your understanding of light, learning to work faster on your toes and push your skills to a more intuitive level. What you will learn: This six-hour workshop connects technical and creative concerns when photographing in the unpredictable nature of the city landscape. A more advanced course, The Street challenges students to get out and use the environment as a working tool, putting their learning to practice by observing and capturing compelling light, colors and compositions. We'll be shooting out on the street, but these skills will help you in any type of photography. What to bring: Bring your camera and we will provide you with a syllabus and field guide notebook. Prerequisites: If you are not familiar with controlling exposure through aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and generally working in manual mode, we strongly recommend signing up for Field Guide I: The Camera.
Mastering Adobe Lightroom (4 weeks)
Date/Time: TUE, Jul 14 - Aug 4, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Beginners and experienced shooters alike can all benefit from learning Adobe's excellent photo management and post-production app Lightroom. Built from the ground up to suit the needs of professional photographers, Lightroom can greatly speed up your editing and image adjustment time compared to Bridge and Photoshop. If you use iPhoto to organize your images, you'll be amazed at how much Lightroom can help you better manage, edit and adjust your images, particularly if you've shot enough to span multiple hard drives. What you will learn: Lightroom's strength is its intuitive and powerful interface, which allows you to adjust multiple images on the fly, rate them, sort them, and export them with ease and speed. But there's far more lurking under the pristine surface. You'll learn how to organize photos in the Library, make collections and tag photos, understand and apply metadata, import and export in different file formats, while exploring Lightroom's Develop module and many of its unique features. Special attention will be given to local adjustments, with an emphasis on improving photographs to the point that often Photoshop isn't even necessary. By class end you'll be a confident Lightroom user with a powerful toolbox to get the most out of your photos. What to bring: Students should bring their own laptops. 30-day trial versions of Adobe Lightroom can be downloaded here. Please come with Lightroom installed on your laptop if possible. If you don't have a laptop, please contact us about rental options. Prerequisites: None.
Field Guide IV: The Studio (2 days)
Date/Time: THU, July 2/9, 2015, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class: This two-part Field Guide is perfect for photographers who need an introduction to lighting indoors for product shots, portraits or high-end fashion. What you will learn: You'll learn the basic principles of lighting using daylight-balanced strobes, hotlights (tungsten), softboxes, and how they all work together. Emphasis is on both technical concepts and creative control, helping you become more comfortable and confident with external lights. Session 1 will focus on a "guerilla" style of lighting, using inexpensive and readily-available tungsten lamps and reflectors to shoot still lifes and tabletop images. An excellent primer for designers and photographers who want to learn how to shoot static objects without blowing a huge budget on sophisticated equipment, this session covers the basics of key and fill lighting, as well as controlling reflections from shiny objects and using white balance to control color. Session 2 provides students with an opportunity to learn and shoot with professional strobe lights in a portrait environment. Instruction will cover classic lighting techniques, as well as some creative possibilities with which to explore studio lighting, as well as time for experimentation. What to bring: Your DSLR camera. Not all models of camera can properly sync with strobe lights, so a class camera will be provided for the second session. Prerequisites: An introductory photo course. Field Guide I and Field Guide II or Digital Photo I is recommended. Meets 2 consecutive weeks.
Crash Course: DSLR+ (3 hours)
Date/Time: SAT, Jun 13, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; SUN, Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; SAT, Jul 18, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; THU, Jul 30, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; WED, Aug 12, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Anyone who would like to quickly improve your familiarity and understanding of your digital camera's basic functions and features. What you will learn: It's a smart, one-shot introduction to digital photography, and a good place to explore the fundamentals of your camera. We'll get you up and running quickly, showing you how to correct basic problems like photos that are too dark or too light, out of focus, blurry, off-balance and other common issues. Prerequisites: Just your digital camera, including DSLR, mirrorless, micro 4/3 systems. If your camera has the option for manual control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, it should be suitable for this class. Prerequisites: No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
Field Guide III: On-Location (1 day)
Date/Time: SUN, Jul 19, 2015, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Those more experienced shooters who want to explore their creative ideas and have an interest in documentary photography, photojournalism, travel photography, street style blogs, environmental portraits, or any location-based art or genre photography. And it's a great course for those who want to freshen up their skills and feel the motivation to spend the whole day with their camera. What you will learn: Whether the location is unfamiliar to you or part of your daily routine, this is an opportunity to learn how to respond to your surroundings through the eye of the camera. Through guided but loose assignments you will learn to train your eye and your lens on the details surrounding you. Much as a scavenger hunt can spur creativity and heightened awareness you'll discover ways to apply your personal vision within this given environment. We'll be on location for the entire duration of Field Guide III. Meeting locations (within the 5 boroughs) will be disclosed at least two days before class. Instructors will hand out assignments and a map of the area, then students will get to work: - Understanding your environment and maximizing it - Photographing people you don't know (yet) - How a scene can change depending on the time of day - Being fearless and trying new things What to Bring? Field Guide III will meet rain or shine, so be prepared and dress appropriately. A DSLR is preferred but not required. Once you're registered, you'll receive detailed instructions on meeting time, location and what additionally, if anything, to bring. Prerequisites: Field Guide III: On Location is not for beginners. If you are not already comfortable and proficient with controlling exposure through aperture / shutter speed / ISO, color (white balance), motion blur and the like, please consider taking Field Guide I and/or Field Guide II first, or Digital Photo I: The Basics.
Photoshop For Photographers (4 weeks)
Date/Time: MON, Jul 20 - Aug 10, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Photographers and other visual artists, as well as weekend shooters and people who want to know how to "photoshop" their faces onto their friends' faces. Without a doubt, Photoshop is the gold standard app for graphics and photography professionals, and used by countless artists, businesses, and groups that operate in every known activity. What you will learn: As a photographer, you'll need to be able to sort through the many features that will help make your photos better, without getting bogged down by the less relevant stuff. We've custom-designed this course to provide a practical guide to Photoshop that's specifically engineered for photographers. Move beyond the filters panel and learn everything from making basic tonal adjustments to creating surreal multi-layer imagery. Try your hand at retouching for portraits and fashion. Discover how to make selections, create masks and use advanced compositing techniques to not only improve photographs, but to turn them into entirely new images. What to bring: Students should bring their own laptops. Prerequisites: None Meets 4 consecutive weeks.
Crash Course: Quick and Dirty Portraits
Date/Time: SAT, Jul 11, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; SAT, Aug 15, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Anyone who wants to learn how to take awesome portraits quickly, easily and without a lot of expensive equipment. What you will learn: You'll gain the skills to find and control the most flattering available light, cleverly manipulating it to create immaculate portraits. . We'll help you become more comfortable photographing people and putting your subjects at ease, and show you how different lens types affect the dimensions of the human face. We'll also check out great works by notable artists and photographers, breaking down what makes those portraits work and how you can incorporate those ideas into your own shots. Take this fun, hands-on Crash Course to help you capture revealing portraits with minimal setup. What to bring? Your digital camera. Prerequisites: Understanding of manual exposure control. It's highly advisable to take either Crash Course: DSLR or Field Guide I: The Camera before taking this class.
Crash Course: Easy Stills and Tabletop (3 hours)
Date/Time: THU, June 11, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; THU, Jul 23, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; MON, Aug 17, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Description: Who should take this class: This class is perfect for anyone wanting professional-looking product shots and tabletop stills for selling online. It's been well documented that high-quality, attractive photography can dramatically improve demand and sales on shopping sites like Etsy or eBay. This workshop is also great for designers, craft artists, still life afficionados or anyone looking to upgrade your promotional materials, press kits and portfolio websites. No previous experience is necessary! What you will learn: In this workshop, we'll show you some important techniques for shooting smaller objects without dropping thousands of dollars on high-end lighting gear. We'll show you how to maximize just about any camera to capture clean, well-lit photographs of clothes, shoes, accessories, as well as collectible items or even electronics. Using smart lighting techniques, controlled backgrounds and a little technical wizardry, we can help you create luminous and attractive images of all the weird and wonderful stuff you want to sell online. What to bring: Your camera. DSLRs are great, but even a iPhone or Android smartphone can be used in this class. Some simpler point-and-shoot cameras will not have all the options available for lighting control, so if you're wondering about your camera's capability, contact us for more details. Prerequisites: None! All are welcome.
BKC Gift Certificates (Hard Copy)
Description: BKC gift certificates are a great way to introduce your friends and family to new things, and shared experiences always make the best gifts. Learn something together or just tell your loved ones you think they're great and let them choose whatever they'd like. Gift certificates are available in amounts that reflect the simple prices of our classes. Our handsome, hand-stamped cards in their lovely red envelopes are perfect for giving or mailing out to friends and family for any occasion. DETAILS: Gift Certificates will be mailed to the billing address provided in your order and should arrive within 3-5 business days of placing your order, If you'd like to specify another shipping address, please indicate in the comments section of your order, If you'd prefer we mail the Gift Certificate to your recipient directly, please check the box "This is a gift" in the checkout and provide your recipient's name and mailing address, We can also provide a downloadable and printable PDF if time is short. Please indicate in the comments that you'd like to request a PDF, NOTE: If the gift certificate is worth more than the chosen class, the full dollar amount of the gift certificate will be honored in the form of a credit towards another class. No cash refunds will be given for leftover credit.
Essential Portraiture (6 weeks)
Description: Who should take this class? If you love taking pictures of people but want to up your portrait game, this class is for you. You've been learning the basics, perhaps you've even taken some of our intro classes, and now you're ready to take the next step towards becoming a more skilled and professional taker of portraits. What you will learn: Whether your subject is a pauper or a president, everyone loves a good portrait. But in this photographic genre, there's far more than meets the eye. This six-session, challenge-based course enhances your portrait skills through understanding and maximizing natural light, continuous (hot) lights, composition, lens effects, and working with human subjects. We'll delve deep into what it means to be creative in photographic portraiture, including how to overcome equipment limitations in the DIY studio, and develop basic post-production skills to complete the job. What to bring: Just bring your camera and any additional lenses you may have. Cameras must be able to be controlled in manual mode. Prerequisites: Students should have a foundational knowledge of manual exposure controls.
Essential Lighting & Studio (6 Weeks)
Date/Time: WED, Sep 16 - Oct 21, 2015, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class: Photographers who are adept at using their cameras but want to deeply explore the technical and creative possibilities of studio lighting are invited to take this accelerated 6-week lab course. If you've taken Field Guide IV: The Studio and would like to practice and expand on this knowledge, you've come to the right place. What you will learn: This methodical approach to learning studio photography begins with analyzing lighting in well-known photographs and breaking down the setups, tools and techniques required to accomplish these images. Each week we'll tackle one essential factor of lighting, from single-light setups to complex multiple-light setups, using modifiers, backgrounds, and various light sources to deliver amazing results. Using a combination of theory and practice, we'll review noteworthy examples of studio lit images in popular culture, as well as photos you love. We'll diagnose how photographers and lighting professionals mimic sunlight, as well as how to create polished, professional studio portraits and high-fashion imagery. This course features challenging weekly assignments and available studio time to complete tasks. What to bring: Your camera. Additional lenses you may have are encouraged. Prerequisites: Completion of intro level photo course (such as Digital Photo I or Field Guide I: The Camera) required. Completion of intro lighting workshop such as Field Guide IV: The Studio recommended.
Crash Course: Darkroom Basics (3 hours)
Dates/Times: TUE, Jun 23, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Bushwick; WED, Jul 8, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Gowanus; TUE, Jul 14, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Bushwick; WED, Jul 22, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Gowanus; TUE, Aug 4, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Bushwick; WED, Aug 12, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Gowanus; Description: Who should take this class: Experienced digital shooters and photo novices alike are invited to try their hand at the traditional black and white darkroom process. Even if you're not a photographer and just have a box of old negatives at home, with this Crash Course you can start examining and printing those negs onto real photographic paper. What you will learn: In three hours, we'll show you how to take a 35mm black-and-white film negative and print it using an enlarger and traditional chemistry. You'll learn how to make test strips, contact prints, enlargement prints and how to properly develop, fix, wash and dry your print. This is a very basic introduction to the darkroom, covering only the printing phase. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab. What to bring: If you have processed black & white negatives at home, bring them with you and we'll show you how to make prints from them. You can also bring unprocessed 35mm film to the Darkroom at least 2 days in advance of class and they can process your film for you. We'll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process. Prerequisites:None! Materials provided (included in cost of class): All resin-coated photographic paper All development chemistry Max: 7 students.
Crash Course: Kids & Family (3 hours)
Dates/Times: SAT, Aug 1, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class: Let's be honest: many of us bought cameras primarily to take and share great photos of our kids and family, and we want to help you do just that! If you're expecting a new addition, or want to properly preserve the memories at the next big reunion, this class will provide you the basic skills and super-useful tips for getting natural shots of your loved ones. Beginners welcome. What you will learn: In this 3-hour workshop, you'll get a crash course in some shooting fundamentals, like understanding the role of aperture in portrait settings, tips for avoiding blurry photos, and a live class shoot for group and solo shots. Get the most out of the camera you've got, or rent one of ours, and learn to take control of the situation. But be warned: once word gets out how great your photos are, you might be "encouraged" to bring your camera to every family gathering! What to bring: Your camera with a clean-formatted memory card. DSLRs or other cameras with full manual control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO are recommended but not required. If you're wondering about your camera's capability, contact us for more details. Prerequisites: No experience necessary.
5 Dollar Fridays: Get Focused!
Description: Imagine this scenario: You're at a hip, underground greaser club tucked away inside a high-class summer resort. All of sudden you spot one of the vacationers, a cute but hopelessly spazzy blonde, dancing "dirty" with the hottest dance teacher in town. You just HAVE to get a photo, but they're moving so fast, you can never quite capture them in focus and now all you have is a bunch of blurry pictures. Sound familiar? Well this is a challenge facing a lot of shooters trying to photograph a subject on the move, like people dancing, or a Nascar race, or a litter of puppies. We'll teach you some protips on how to achieve better focus, and we'll explain all the confusing options for focus and Autofocus that often trip you up. We'll also discuss how to use focus creatively to impact depth of field and the overall vibe of your images, so you can get focused on taking better pictures!
Field Guide V: The Flash (2 days)
Date/Time: THU, Jun 18/25, 2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; THU, Aug 6/13, 2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Description: Who should take this class? Anyone interested in effectively using on-camera flash or speedlights to add or enhance lighting and shoot on the go in any situation. What you will learn: On-camera and off-camera flash is a very useful tool, but it's also one of the more difficult ones to understand and use correctly. To avoid blown-out, unflattering images, photographers must carefully deploy these powerful little devices, but the results can be well worth the effort. From lighting a dark scene, to filling harsh shadows, to creating multi-light strobe setups, the Flash is a versatile weapon in your lighting arsenal. This 2-day Field Guide is aimed to demystify that 430ex or SB-800 you've got lying unused, or even your built-in flash. We'll show you what's what with guide numbers and bounce and fill. Get comfortable shooting and adjusting on the fly, by knowing what to expect. You'll be amazed how much of a creative tool your modest little flash can be. What to bring: Your camera and external flash/speedlight if you have one Prerequisites: If you are not already comfortable and proficient with controlling exposure through aperture / shutter speed / ISO, as well as color (white balance), motion blur and the like, please consider taking Field Guide I first.