Light is Everything: Intro to Flash Photography - Online Live

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  • This is an online class using the Zoom meeting and classes application. A complete class description is below.

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Taught by our longtime teacher and friend Michael Kawano, this Online Live class will be taught using Zoom, which is an easy and free software application for effective online group meetings. Included in this Intro to Flash series are two 90-minute class sessions, scheduled as follows: Saturday, February 27th and Saturday, March 6th. Each session begins 9:30am and is accessed via your computer in the comfort of your own home. Please Note: A Zoom meeting invitation link will be sent to your email the day before your class.


This is an entry-level workshop that introduces, discusses, and demonstrates the benefits of using flash in your photos, and how easy it is to do so. The class consists of two, 90-minute online sessions with live instruction and allows for Q&A and interaction. Homework will be given to reinforce what you have learned and get you applying your new knowledge and a set of notes will be sent to each enrollee.

Topics Covered:

  • Natural Light Photography vs. Flash Photography
  • When and how to use your camera’s built-in flash
  • Light – Direction, Quality, Intensity, and Color
  • Accessory Flash Units
  • Light Modification
  • Opening up Creative Doors with Flash
  • Considerations for setting up lighting


A notepad and pen are all that are required during the sessions, but students will need a camera with manual controls and an accessory flash unit to get the most benefit from this workshop. …and of course a computer with internet access and webcam OR a mobile device with a webcam and the (free) Zoom app is required to join the sessions.


Michael is a tirelessly self-taught photographer with an unwavering passion for the craft. He shoots everything from landscapes to sports, weddings, events, wildlife, products, and specializes in portrait photography. Michael has had work hanging at the California Academy of Sciences and at the Alameda Historical Museum. He had a photo selected as the cover of a Random House bestseller, has photographed a Grammy winner and an Academy Award nominee, and was published in a special edition of Bake magazine. He was president and a board member of the Alameda Photographic Society. He has also taught a series of photography workshops for the week-long UC Berkeley Lair of the Bear camp in addition to his years teaching for Looking Glass Photo. You can see some of his work at or on Instagram at MKawanoPhotography.