Combining Flash & Ambient Light Workshop - Jan 26

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This 3.5-hour workshop runs on Sunday, January 26th from 10:30am to 2:00pm. The workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced photographers, and will take you on an exploration of techniques for combining artificial light (especially flash) and ambient light to achieve independent exposure control of foreground and background, greatly expanding creative options.

There are really no specific prerequisites, except a good understanding of your own camera. Please bring your digital camera, a speedlight, and fully charged batteries. We suggest bringing a fully charged spare camera, flash batteries and a pocket notebook if you have them. Memory cards should be cleared and formatted prior to the workshop. PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES PRIOR TO THE STARTING TIME.

We’ll briefly review the fundamentals of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focus/depth-of-field, and then explore some easy techniques for getting just the light you want using mixed lighting through lecture, slide presentation, demonstrations, and camera-in-hand exercises, along with discussion of both the instructor’s and participants’ images. Students should bring a digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) that provides for manual control of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. “Point-and-shoot” cameras can be difficult to control manually and are not suitable for this class.

Dave’s passion for photography began at age 7 when he started taking pictures of friends and family with a fixed-focus cardboard box camera.  Decades, and tens-of-thousands of photos later, Dave’s love of photographic image making has only intensified. Today, Dave owns and operates DS Composition, a photo studio in Oakland ( He specializes in studio portraits, editorial and advertising, wildlife, scientific/ultra-macro, and fine-art composite photos. His images have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, commercial websites, academic journals, solo exhibitions, museums, and juried group shows. Dave loves teaching photography at Looking Glass!