The Basics of Flash Photography

It seems many people (even well-trained photographers) have a fear of flash photography.

With the proper training, flashes offer photographers the ability to control their lighting in almost all situations and they provide almost as much versatility as studio strobes.

In this live lecture RMSP Instructor Jesse Boone goes over the basics of using a flash and shows the audience just how simple it can be to use your flash in a variety of situations. He begins by discussing why flashes are important, transitions into showing some of the useful equipment for being a successful flash photographer and concludes with discussing the important camera settings to use when shooting with a flash.

If you are interested in learning more about using your flash after finishing this lecture, check out our Introduction to Flash Photography workshop with Syl Arena here in Missoula.

Also, check out the previous livestream that Jesse did on how you can improve your images by adding a flash into the equation.


  • Forest Chaput de Saintonge

    Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.