Full Course In Flash Lighting

What you'll learn


Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? If you have seen amazing photographs and wonder how the photographer achieves such great results, read on.

Take amazing photos with just basic gear – all you need is an on-camera flash and this great course from IOP®.

Suitable for complete beginners or the more advanced, this course is essential for every photographer.

In this course, we teach you everything you need to know about lighting using an on-camera flash from the ground up. IOP® use an innovative technique which will immediately make sense of lighting and help improve your photos immediately. 

  • Produce dramatic effects without lots of kit (you will need an on-camera flash and some basic reflectors, but that’s all).
  • IOP® focus on teaching technique, not spending on gear
  • The most accessible course on the market for learning flash photography
  • 63 modules giving you the essential lighting knowledge in easy to manage sections
  • 8 practical case studies – we show you the theory in practice
  • Tutor interaction – share your photos and receive feedback and advice
  • Tests to help check your understanding and cement your knowledge
  • Membership of the IOP Camera Club forums for help, support and feedback
  • Live chat for immediate help and advice
  • 2 hours of dedicated tutor chat every week
  • Unlimited time to complete the course*

* You have lifetime access to the course but you must log in at least once every 12 months to keep your account active


This course consists of 65 video modules including:.

Unit 1
Why Just One On-Camera Flash
5 Reasons to Use Flash
Common Flash Myths
What Makes Flash Challenging
Test 1

Unit 2

Flash-Strobe VS Ambient-Constant Light
Flash VS Ambient Light Exposure
Flash VS Ambient Demo
Flash and Ambient Balancing For Natural Effect
Flash and Ambient Balancing For Dramatic Effect
Flash and Ambient Balancing For Creative Effect
Understanding Flash Duration
Test 2

Unit 3

5 Common Key Light Patterns
5 Common Key Light Patters w Diffusion + Fill
5 Common Secondary Light Patterns
3 Primary Subject Positions
Light Qualities
The Inverse Square Law
Inverse Square Law In Practice
Corrective White Balance
Creative White balance
Test 3

Unit 4
On Board VS Hot Shoe Flash
Full Feature VS Manual Flashes
TTL VS Manual Control
TTL VS Manual Recycle Times
Flash Power & Zoom
HHS VS ND Filters
Test 4

Unit 5

4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
Bare Bulbing Done Right
Grid_Snoot + Direct Flash
Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
Ring + Direct Flash
Understanding Modifiers
Direct Flash + Shutter Flash
Test 5

Unit 6
Ambient vs Direct Flash vs Bounce Flash
Silver Bounce
More Light Silver
Soft White Bounce
Overhead Bounce
Overhead Bounce + Fill
Event Bounce
Test 6

Unit 7
Natural vs Dramatic Light
Filling and Refining Existing Light
Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
Coloring Light for Creative Effect
test 7

Unit 8
Case Study 1 – Dramatic Sunset
Case Study 2 – Desert Sunset
Case Study 3 – Sinister Headshot
Case Study 4 – Family Portrait
Case Study 5 – Athlete Portraits
Case Study 6 – Working Angles
Case Study 7 – Drag + Composite
Case Study 8 – Less Is More

Unit 9
Favourite flashes
Favourite manual flashes
Favourite on camera modifiers

Unit 10
Final test

Certificate and feedback
In this unit we ask you to tell us what you thought of the course and provide you with your Diploma in Photography Lighting certificate as well as your member badge.

The Diploma in Photography Lighting is suitable for photographers who are:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


This course assumes knowledge of the basics of camera craft like how to use the manual settings on your camera. It also assumes that you have an on-camera flash and understand the basics of how to use it. 

DSLR camera

Hot shoe flash unit

Any PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone is suitable for viewing the course and course videos.

A reasonable broadband internet connection (2mb and above).

Non-essential equipment
The following items would be worth investing in, perhaps in the future and as you work through the course, developing your skills.

They are not essential for the course.

  • A set of reflectors
  • Image editing software like Adobe Lightroom
  • Tripod and filters


We strongly recommend you take either the Diploma in Photography or the Advanced Diploma in Photography if you are unsure about the basics of photography.

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