Focus on Flash, Sydney Photography Workshop

Learn how to love your external flash unit


Light is imperative to create an image and understanding how to use your flash will be a rewarding experience enabling you to create more flattering images. Flash requires you to have an understanding of how your camera and a desire to move into  understanding how light enhances your photographs. This hands-on workshop is a great way to master the fundamentals, Understand your external flash and all the features its capable of. You will learn the essential techniques of fill-flash which will improve your indoor photography, portraiture as well as those all important social and family event photos. By the end of this workshop, you will have gained confidence in handling your flash.

The Workshop:

A modern flash unit is a sophisticated tool, which will help you create flattering photographs of people and still life objects.  It is absolutely imperative at social events after dark and we show you how to achieve this style of photography. Following a brief discussion we set off down the laneways of Glebe and wander through the University of Sydney while we familiarize ourselves with the core menus of the flash unit experimenting with these functions and features. To demonstrate the principles of utilising flash we use still-life objects and each other to practice essential techniques like fill-flash, direct flash and bounce flash. We cover ‘rear curtain sync’ and ‘multi-flash’ techniques and how to use them. The workshop will introduce you to little-known features and reveal hidden gems for highly creative techniques.  The principle aim of the workshop is to give you control over this sophisticated and very creative tool in your camera bag.  We learn how to observe the characteristics of light create mood and emotion in your final image. You will come away with wonderful new skills you can use immediately.

What’s Covered:

  • Overview of composition and shutter speed
  • Flash menu system 
  • Observation of quality and the direction of light
  • Key flash techniques like fill flash and bounce flash
  • Creative features of the flash
  • Less known features of the flash 
  • How to create flattering images of people and still life objects
  • How to create beautiful images in low light
  • Overriding the auto flash features 


If it looks like there will be unbearable weather on the day, we will contact you early that morning to advise that the workshop will not operate. Otherwise, you should assume the workshop will operate as scheduled. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


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What you will learn

  • Overview of composition and shutter speed
  • Flash menu system
  • Observation of quality and the direction of light

What you will get

  • TUTORS: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (subject to group size).
  • Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed on completion of this photography workshop.
  • Kits are available for hire if you want to experience the full functionality and excitement of using a professional photographers camera.
  • Kits include a camera body and lens. The cost is $75. Kits are limited, so if interested, please book this when you book and confirm your workshop.

What to bring

  • We recommend using a DSLR camera, with flash on camera (speed light) to get the most benefit from the workshop.
  • Camera and Flash
  • Battery for both and spares (if you have it – nb ensure your battery is charged)
  • At least 1 Memory Card (ensure you have space for a full session of photography)
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag
  • Accessories such as lens hood / cleaning cloth
  • Drinks, meals / snacks

What to wear

Comfy walking shoes, Weather appropriate clothing, Sunscreen / hat

Appropriate for

People with a working knowledge of their camera and use of camera settings.

The Aperture Club

Vendor since 2015

The Aperture Club runs photography workshops and tours that allow you to develop your creativity, meet like-minded people and be part of an evolving exciting club with endless possibilities.

The Aperture Club is a social classroom of practical and interactive learning.

The various photography workshops, tours, day and weekend excursions are designed to create an environment that helps you think like a photographer, understand observation and learn to capture what you see.

Discover your passion or just becoming more knowledgeable with your camera.

Allow yourself to explore new techniques and to develop a new understanding of photography.

Being part of The Aperture Club also allows you to get away from regular life, spend uninterrupted time meeting new friends, identify your interests and enjoy the fun and adventure of photography.

We look forward to you growing with us…

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Refund Policy

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Aperture Club or organised by The Aperture Club must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Aperture Club.


I agree to give The Aperture Club unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Aperture Club classes and events or on The Aperture Club's premises. (For use of The Aperture Club marketing materials).


The Aperture Club requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

1). Registration and Payment

Full payment (and any associated extra’s and booking fees) must be paid in full at the time of booking to ensure your place on the photography workshop or special event.

2). Cancellation and Refund Policy

1. If a photography workshop or special event is cancelled by us, or re-scheduled due to bad weather or any other emergency you can re-book onto another scheduled date for the same workshop or special event. If no alternative date is available a refund will be provided and must be accepted a full and final settlement.

2. If you need to cancel a workshop or special event, this must be made in writing (email) and the following cancellations fees will apply;

a. If cancelled 15 days (or more) in advance of the workshop or special event date, the cancellation fee is 50%.

b. No refund is available if you cancel 14 days (or less) before the start date of the workshop or special event.

3. The Aperture Club is not responsible for any other costs which participants may incur including but not limited to travel, car rental, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.

3). Marketing

Through the course of the day, images of the group including individual participants may be taken and subsequently used for marketing of The Aperture Club. Please inform us prior to the photography workshop or special event if you prefer to be excluded from any images used to market The Aperture Club. Requests need to be made in writing (email) in advance of the workshop or special event start date.

4). Gift Vouchers – Conditions of Use

1. Gift vouchers are to be redeemed by person named on the voucher only and can be exchanged for any workshop or special event offered through The Aperture Club.

2. Gift vouchers can not be redeemable for cash.

3. Gift vouchers may be used as part or full payment for any workshop or special event. If the fees are more than the amount specified on the voucher the bearer of the voucher must pay the additional fees, being the difference between the value of the voucher and the total cost of the workshop or special event being booked. If the cost of the workshop or special event is less than the amount specified on the voucher, no refund is provided.

3. Gift Vouchers must be redeemed with 365 days of the date of purchase.

5). Workshop Schedule and Agenda

All photography workshops and special event schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion depending upon, but not limited to, adverse weather, health and safety considerations, or any other factor as determined by us.

6). Limit of Liability

The Aperture Club; Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario and Warren Smith accept no liability for death, illness, accident or injury or loss or damage to photo equipment or personal belongings during the course of any workshop or special event, or in transit thereto. We do not accept any responsibility for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop or special event due to exceptional circumstances. The Aperture Club’s liability shall be limited to the total value of the workshop or special event. The Aperture Club is not liable for any indirect or consequential loss. By booking and paying for any workshop or special event offered by The Aperture Club, participants acknowledge that they are aware of the risks of personal injury and deem themselves physically capable of safely taking part in the workshop or special event. Further they release The Aperture Club, Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario, Warren Smith, guest presenters, guest speakers, assistants, trainees and models from all liability for death, injury, illness, accident or loss of personal property or expenses associated with participation in the workshop or special event.

7). Your Agreement to this contract

In reserving a place on the photography workshop or special event and paying the appropriate fee/s, you agree to accept all of the above terms and conditions. The person who makes the booking does so on behalf of all of the individuals included in that booking; all are bound by the same terms and conditions.

8). Meetup

For terms and conditions associated with a Meetup, please refer to the general ‘Terms and Conditions’ listed on the Meetup website, which you agreed to when you registered as a Member of Meetup.

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