Learn to take stunning portraits on location using small flashes and other
lighting accessories

  • Learn to shoot portraits on-location, in various lighting conditions using speedlights and reflectors

  • Small groups with a maximum of 12 attendees who each gets to work personally with the equipment and directing a location shoot.

  • Learn to accurately and creatively use your speedlight indoors, outdoors, on and off-camera

  • Join a full day model shoot and create magical portraits using simple lighting setups with the least possible equipment

About the On-Location Lighting Course

Learn how to use reflectors, diffusers, continuous lights and speedlights as an extension of your camera and eye when shooting portraits on location. Cover all the aspects pertaining to ambient light, use of reflectors and scrims and advanced speedlight techniques like TTL, manual flash for on- and off-camera flash photography.

Course details

  • Small groups with a maximum of 12 attendees who each gets to work personally with the equipment and directing a location shoot.
  • Day 1: Class presentation covering fundamental aspects of flash and hands-on demonstration on various aspects of indoor and outdoor lighting. Demystifying the use of equipment such as triggers, stands, speedlights, reflectors and diffusers.
  • Day 2: You get to participate in and direct a practical shoot, covering all the most important portrait lighting setups. We highlight typical problems you may encounter when shooting on location, and how to solve them.

Presented by

The On-Location Lighting Workshop is presented by Trompie van der Berg. He is a wedding photographer and one of South Africa’s top lighting gurus as well as a Godox Brand Ambassador. Check out Trompie’s personal website at www.trompievanderberg.co.za

My philosophy on lighting is that any scene and any light situation can be enhanced by using flash in some capacity, even if it is only a subtle rim light, a hair light, or just a punch from a key light to lift the shadows.

Trompie van der Berg

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the On-Location Lighting Course:

Camera settings when using flash.

How to use your speedlight as an extension of your camera.

Lighting equipment, speedlights, TTL and manual flash demystified.

Using on-camera flash, indoor and bounce flash.

Using reflectors and diffusers.

Mixed lighting: Combine flash with ambient or natural light, including dragging the shutter and strobist techniques.

Triggering multiple flashes.

Using off-camera flash with a softbox and umbrella.

Lighting systems: 3-light, 2-light, 1-light, cross lighting, clamshell lighting etc.

Preventative measures for problems you may encounter when shooting on location.

Hand-outs: Quick guide, e-book including lighting setups and diagrams.

Who is this course for?

Intermediate photographers who would like to improve their on-location lighting skills when shooting portraits and weddings on-location.

Course duration

2-Day weekend workshop.


  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with full manual control.
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of how to set up your camera, i.e. able to change ISO, shutter speed, aperture, access the various focusing modes, etc.


R2 800 per person. R500 discount for ex-DPC students. Lunch and refreshments included.

Upcoming On-Location Lighting Courses for 2020

  • 10 – 11 October