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Photo 101: Basic Flash Photography

Studio Arts Workshop on Zoom

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00LY


Though flashes can be intimidating, just a bit of knowledge can make yours an invaluable photographic tool. Understand the essential basics of TTL (through the lens) flash photography as you learn flash modes (auto/fill, slow sync, rear curtain, red eye reduction); bounce flash; flash exposure compensation; and accessories. This workshop is designed for photographers who use TTL flashes such as the Canon 430EX and the Nikon SB-700; fully manual flashes such as Vivitar won't be covered.  Students must have a camera with manual controls, a TTL flash, and the user’s guides for their camera and flash if possible.

Open to all levels.

Note: This streamed program will not be recorded.


  • The instructor is Joe Yablonsky.
  • One 3-hour session
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.


  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.