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Learn Flash Photography : Lighting for Lifestyle

Have you ever walked into a family’s home and freaked out because it was REALLY dark and there were no good windows?  Have you ever wanted to learn flash photography but were worried it was going to look “flashy”? Yes, me too.  But, after giving up my studio space two years ago, I have worked really hard to find a way to shoot in-home family sessions on film, even in the dark of winter and in the tightest of spaces; and found the perfect solution.  My favorite way of doing this is by using one of the oldest lighting tools in the book, a simple flash unit.

I am so excited to announce I am now offering  1:1 mentorships about learning flash photography in an in-home setting!  I taught on this very subject at Click Away, and here is what the attendees had to say:

Stephanie Bryan says:

“Y’all.  This is a GAME CHANGER.  This was my very favorite class at CA!  And I keep trying to convince Kim to trademark this because it’s amazing!!!!  If you missed Click Away, keep your fingers crossed Kim offers this as a class.  It’s just SO amazing.”

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[taken with Lumopro LP180 flash unit]

Andrea Lin says:

“Your class was amazing!! Perfect balance of instruction vs hands on. I knew a lot of the lighting “how to do’s ” but didn’t even realize I could use my pocket wizards with my canon flash (had to buy a $30 part…that’s it.) I also have the lights but would have positioned them all wrong so I am so glad I switched up my schedule last minute and took your class! I actually have a lifestyle session on Saturday (which I never do) and their house has tons of light but it will be good to know I am good to go even if it is overcast. Many thanks and well done!”

If you are ready to take back control of any lighting situation and have an old flash lying around, then this class is for you!  My 1:1 mentoring session is spread over two 1.5 Skype consults.

The first session covers a 1:1 lesson about everything I cover in the PDF:

  1. Why and when to use artificial light
  2. The equipment list you need to get started (with links and cost breakdown)
  3. Learn about the types of artificial light and which would work best for you
  4. Learn where to place your light source for different in-home challenges and different end results
  5. How to meter for ambient and flash exposure and how to balance the two based on the end results you want
  6. Many pullback examples and diagrams in a downloadable PDF resource book
  7. Homework – so you can practice everything and come prepared for the second skype session
  8. Additional resources, including:

Support Resources:

  1. 80+ Page online PDF chalk full of info, examples, pullbacks, troubleshooting, and much more
  2. Access to 8 demo videos, including how to meter to add light, side-light, backlight, fill-light; how to connect your flash and where to place it; freezing movement; metering and scanning for added contrast and drama
  3. Access to 4 bonus videos, including using your flash in TTL mode both on and off-camera, setting up your flash on a stand with a modifier, and setting up strobe on a stand with a modifier
  4. Access to my private FB Lighting for Lifestyle Alumni Group where we continue to delve into all things lighting for lifestyle work

The second 1:1 session is a recap and review of the practice images you have taken, troubleshooting, next steps, plus anything else you’d like to discuss.

April Blair says:

“Thanks so much Kim! I got a lot out of your class! It was awesome to see that using artificial light doesn’t have to be this monstrous task. I sometimes bring my big lights and it’s such a pain. It was great seeing some other options.Thanks for sharing your gift!!”

Laura Yost says:

“I thought this was the best class at Click Away.  I went to every other session saying how great this class was, and how much my mind was blown!  I immediately came home, and looked for the feet that came with my Speedlite!  Trying out all these techniques tomorrow in a very small NYC apartment. The fight against finding a well-lit room in a client’s apartment is over!”

Flash-curious?  Download my free Illuminate Guide to see 5 before & after flash transformations.  This will give you an idea of what’s possible!


Kim Hildebrand