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Advanced Flash 
a Michael Willems Signature Workshop

This intensive four-hour workshop covers a wide range of subjects, and you will learn to take advantage of your flash systems in theory and practice:

I. Flash fundamentals

1 Why and when to use Flash

2 Types of flash use

3 Four technical need-to-knows

II. Technical

4 TTL versus Manual: what to use when?

5 Pocketwizards, cable, and light

6 TTL and how to make it consistent

7 Must-Know technologies: Slow Flash, FEC and FEL

  1. III.Single and multiple flash

8 The Cardinal Rule for lighting people

9 Eureka: Balancing ambient and flash!

10 The Gotchas, and Their Solutions

IV. Flash Modifiers: when to use

11 Small Strobe Modifiers: the Honl modifier system, the Gary Fong Lightsphere;

12 Three ways to use gels: for effect, for correction, and for subtlety

IV. The Real World: Putting It Into Practice

13 Various Studio shots with one flash and modifier, with two flashes and modifiers, and with several flashes and various modifiers

You know photography - you do it all the time.

As a pro or amateur photographer, “wide angle”, “aperture”, “focus point selection” and “exposure compensation” will be familiar terms to you. But you wish you knew subjects like Nikon I-TTL and CLS, Canon E-TTL II, modifiers, and flash custom settings as well as you know your photography basics.

The nitty gritty details of these systems can confuse even experienced pros. And how do you keep up-to-date with the latest range of peripherals, modifiers, and tools? When to use what? Knowing more of the technology would allow you to get more shots. Handle more situations. Be more creative. More knowledge would allow you to shoot more and worry less.

Rescue is at hand. One of North America’s most experienced photography teachers, pro photographer and flash guru Michael Willems is putting on a special version of his signature workshop at Hamilton Studio ( on several New Dates! This workshop, which Michael has taught previously in Las Vegas, Toronto, Phoenix, Rotterdam, Timmins, and beyond, is aimed specifically at photographers who want a “flash” refresher, or who don’t yet know flash and want to learn. That means you!

Why this course?

While you are great with the camera, you are less familiar with modern flash systems and with new techniques that have been developed for them. Advanced TTL and multi-flash techniques; the camera’s custom settings; the range of available modifiers; even the best way to care for your batteries:
until now, there has been little training aimed at pros or emerging pros like you.

This workshop is the solution:  in one session, Michael helps you learn the ins and outs of your camera flash system and the essential accessories, as well as the essential modern techniques.

Your Coach

Michael Willems ( is among North America’s premier teachers of photography, as well as being an experienced professional photographer.  An engineer by training, Michael teaches photography at Sheridan College, Vistek, and Cameratraining.Ca, and teaches advanced subjects to individuals, companies, and photographers.

Michael is an inspirational speaker who uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and has taught many photographers how to become more productive by getting most out of their equipment. His engaging and entertaining style ensures that you will learn in an effective way.



Several Dates! Book NOW. Space is strictly limited.



Sam Taylor, owner of Hamilton Studio and also TV studio operator with decades of experience, will be at hand all afternoon to show you some of his studio tricks. You learn flash, but you also learn real-life studio setup and equipment.

The course is taught in Sam’s amazing studio environment, Brick walls, grunge windows, wooden floors: we have all the elements. Even a cargo elevator.

Special Guest Star: Sam Taylor

“The workshop was the single most valuable photographic 
instructional learning experience I've had: thank you! 
Jackie N., Toronto, ON

Learn how not to light areas, and create more visual interest

Learn about your camera, flash; even learn to use a light meter

Learn how to light shots like this - using only small flashes!