Flash Photography and Artificial Lighting for Beginners

A course by Zony Maya
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2018
, Photographer

Learn low cost illumination techniques for indoor photography

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (325)
  • 3918 students

Learn low cost illumination techniques for indoor photography

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (325)
  • 3918 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (3h 12m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Light is the key to good photography and achieving the right lighting is an art that Zony Maya, a photographer with more than 20 years of experience, masters to perfection. His work has been part of publications such as National Geographic, New York Magazine or Vanity Fair, exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos de México, as well as publications and events of the Canon brand, of which he is ambassador . Zony will teach you the basic principles to learn how to illuminate with flash hand, from scratch.

In this course you will learn the basics of flash lighting with hand and some tricks to set up your own studio low cost with everyday elements.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The light
  • U3
    U3. The flash
  • U4
    U4. Modifiers
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin knowing the trajectory of Zony Maya, his passion for photography and the visual references that have most impacted him professionally.

Immediately you will enter the world of light, its nature, how it travels, how it bounces and you will know the difference between continuous light and flashlight, as well as between hard and diffuse light.

Then, you will know the seven types of basic lighting that every photographer must take into account and the usefulness of each one.

Zony will explain what the flash is, how it works, the different types that exist and you will see how you can control it perfectly and even how to combine it with continuous light.

You will see how to turn your house or space into a photography studio with everyday items such as fruits, kitchen utensils and stationery. First you will learn about what are the rebounds, the diffusers and the flags, their function and then Zony will explain how to create yours.

To finish, you will learn how to illuminate an object by combining the flash with natural light, to obtain high quality results with a simple element.

What is this course's project?

You will make a flash photograph of a person or object, mixing different modifiers and accessories to achieve a great result.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To beginner photographers who want to learn to light up with flash and accessories low cost .

Requirements and materials

To do this course you only need to have a reflex or DSLR camera, know how to use it in manual mode and have a handheld flash.


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Zony Maya

A course by Zony Maya

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Zony Maya is a Mexican photographer and visual artist. He has a degree in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana, the Active School of Photography and the Academy of Visual Arts, and is passionate about photography and video to develop his projects.

He received a Fellow grant from the Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship and a Master's Degree in Photography, Video and Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has gone through the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art "Manifesta 11" in Switzerland, and the XIII Biennial of Photograph of the Image Center in Mexico.

He has collaborated with brands such as Nestlé, Bimbo, Puma, GNP and Palacio de Hierro, and with publications such as National Geographic, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Glamor, and Gatopardo.

He currently shares his knowledge, giving workshops and conferences in different countries of America, Asia and the Middle East, and is an ambassador for the Canon brand and founder of the Maya-Barrón Grant.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The light

    • How do we perceive light?
    • What is hard light and diffuse light?
    • The 7 types of lighting
  • U3

    The flash

    • What is Flash and how does it work?
    • How does the flash flash?
    • How to control the flash?
    • How light loses intensity
    • How do I combine the flash with the continuous light?
  • U4


    • The rebounds
    • The diffusers
    • The flags
    • How to create colored lights
    • BONUS: How to illuminate an object with flash
  • FP

    Final project

    • Lighting with handheld flash for beginners

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Flash Photography and Artificial Lighting for Beginners. Photography, and Video course by Zony Maya

Flash Photography and Artificial Lighting for Beginners

A course by Zony Maya
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2018
  • 98% positive reviews (325)
  • 3918 students