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July 2018 Workshops & Events

Cog Creative Space

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Workshop News

Upcoming Workshops


ONE LIGHT (on and off-camera)
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Speedlight Fundamentals :: One light :: on and off-camera

DAY ONE :: SATURDAY 28 July 2018,
10am – 4.30pm
Cost : $225 + GST

Learn to understand and use your flash in this one-day hands-on intensive workshop. Using flash effectively requires a solid understanding of flash principles like synchronization, exposure and quality controls. Use this session to get comfortable with your flash and practice using it both on and off the camera in both indoor and outdoor situations. Have a go at using a variety of single-light setups to explore your lighting quality in a variety of lighting situations.

This intensive workshop aims to lift your flash confidence to be able to handle any lighting situation. The workshop includes practical sessions, detailed notes, and worksheets so that you can record your settings and compare your results. This is an ideal workshop for those who need to use flash for event photography or location portraits, and who want to regain control over their lighting. We start from the absolute basic and build your knowledge so that flash becomes less disarming as an accessory, and instead a powerful ally in your professional approach to any subject-matter.

This session will cover the following ::

  • Equipment overview – types of flash
  • Flash accessories
  • Flash Synchronisation
  • Flash Exposure (manual, TTL)
  • Flash Quality (bounce flash, using modifiers)
  • Lighting Ratios (flash : ambient) – controlling contrast
  • Off-Camera Flash synchronising & control
  • Worksheets and practical sessions
Book FLASH Workshop #1
More information about these SMALL FLASH workshops can be found on our website


MULTIPLE LIGHTS (off-camera flash)

Multiple lights :: Special effects :: High Speed Sync

DAY TWO :: SUNDAY 5th August 2018, 10am – 4.30pm
Cost :: $225 + GST

This intensive workshop follows on from our first session and aims to help you craft the most sophisticated lighting for a variety of setups. It is suited to photographers who already have a grasp on basic flash principles and are wanting to get a more advanced understanding of how to use a flash creatively. Although we are exploring multiple flash setups, you can try out a variety of equipment options in the workshop before committing to invest in any more units for your own kit.

We will have Nikon, Canon, Godox, Elinchrom and a few generic units available for you to explore. The workshop includes practical sessions & worksheets so that you can record your settings and compare your results. We'll also work with high-speed flash to explore opportunities to capture movement and access shallow depth of field in bright conditions.

Models will be on hand for shoots at the end of the day so that you can explore your ideas and try out a variety of techniques.

This session will cover the following ::

  • Overview of Supplementary / Alternative Flash Systems – Godox, Elinchrom, etc
  • Flash Power – battery packs etc
  • Off-Camera Flash with 2-Flash setups – ratios, synchronisation etc
  • Off-Camera Flash with multiple-Flash setups
  • Using Gels
  • Rear Curtain Sync & Dragging the Shutter
  • Multi-Flash / Repeating Flash
  • High Speed Flash – Hypersync, High-Speed Sync, HSS
  • Overpowering the sun with flash
  • Practical shoots with a model
Book Flash Workshop #2

Workshop News

Tintype Workshop on Location

In this one day workshop, students will learn the history and basic practice of the 19th Century tintype process. In this hands-on class, attendees will learn to coat, sensitize, expose, develop and varnish aluminium plates to create one-of-a kind hand-made photographs. Students will finish the day with several tintypes created by their own hands and will receive a detailed handbook containing all the information they need to continue making tintypes on their own.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced photographers. However it is not necessary to have done any film-based photography before

Includes all materials including aluminium and processing chemicals, as well as a detailed handbook (information includes materials required, chemicals, recipes, techniques, troubleshooting, suppliers etc. Access to a suitable 4x5” camera can be arranged if required. You may want to bring along some interesting props to photograph. Remember that anything with text will show backwards on the Tintype though :)

These workshops are run for very small groups (max 4). We'd love to share the joy and thrill of making unique tintype images...
Workshop Fee $350 + gst
includes all plates and chemicals, as well as a set of comprehensive notes and use of camera equipment if required. We are happy to create a payment plan for artists that would prefer to pay in 3 payment :)
Book This awesome workshop
These workshops have been approved under the AIPP's CPD program


Bec (previous 2-day flash masterclass participant)

“Hi Sam and Chris.
I just want to thank you both for running this awesome two day course. I was always demystified and confused with the flash and because of that I steered clear and often avoided using it due to immense uncertainty. Now for the first time, someone has helped me make so much sense of it and I am so excited to use it more now and build my confidence further with it!!! Thank you so much! Sam you just explain such complex technical information so well starting at the basics…. It was a breath of fresh air and it has given my mind a clear foundation of solid knowledge to now go ahead and build onto further. You both were an awesome team presenting this content (both Canon and Nikon users) and able to share such a wealth of information from your own experiences and you were both able to educate us confidently about a variety of gadgets, equipment and useful tips. I learn so much! It was a bonus that the course was very hands on and a smaller group… You learn even more by doing. I would totally 100% recommend this course to anyone who (like me) felt uncertain and confused about flash photography. You have opened my eyes! THANK YOU BOTH so much!!!!”

Heath (previous 2-day flash masterclass participant)

“Thanks for running the course Sam & Chris. It confirmed for me that I’m doing some things right, confirmed that I was doing some things wrong & I learnt some stuff I had no idea about previously, but will use regularly in the future. Awesome!”

In case you didn't already know...we have 2 fabulous studios available to hire. If you are an emerging photographer, we also offer support to help you set up your lighting, and you can hire our lighting equipment if you don't have your own. We also have a makeup room and change-room area. And a carpark. Also a cool kitchen area that leads onto Studio 1. And we have air-conditioning and heating - pretty much all you would need for an effective and comfortable studio shoot. Our rates are very affordable - click here for more info...
That's all for now folks. We will try to keep these newsletters short & sweet. Congratulations for making it to the end though..
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