Digital Photography


Using Wireless Speedlights in Adventure & Nature Photography

Learn to light with flash units and create more dynamic lighting in your nature and adventure photos

4.55 (96 reviews)


6 hours


Nov 2020

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What you will learn

You will learn how to dramatically improve your outdoor lighting on your outdoor subjects

You will know how to add light to landscapes, macro, sports, and people

You will understand how to go beyond the basics and create amazing photography

You will know how to create storytelling light that takes your photographs beyond the mundane

If you dont understand flash, you will learn quickly in this course


UPDATES: New videos 11/2020 on Creating mood when processing landscape images and rescuing a Death Valley RAW file.

Are you passionate about your landscape and outdoor photography but unhappy with your photography results because the photos dont look like you hoped for?

Do you have any idea WHY they dont look like you wanted?

If you are like me you’ve been out in the field photographing some amazing scenery or action adventure only to return to your office with disappointing results and then wonder what needs to change?   

It could be the exposure, composition or one of the biggest reasons photos fail: lihting!

The answer just might be that you need that special sauce added to your photos!   

What If I could show you some techniques that take your outdoor and nature photography from ho-hum to wow, and at no risk to you, wouldn’t you want to know about it?   

I have been photographing for over 30 years and many times I did not get the results I wanted. 

I would photograph then analyze the photography trying to figure out why the photographs didn’t look as cool as they did when I was in the field.  Often the problem was lighting so I tried software like HDR and others, but soon realized that HDR was limited and that software does not really create quality light. It was so disappointing!   

Then one day I decided to incorporate a pretty simple technique of adding light to some of my scenes and what I learned was, in many cases the results were more dramatic outdoor and nature photography.   

So, I began to experiment by adding light to many of my outdoor subjects and during this time I developed some techniques that allow me to show my subjects the way that I envisioned in the first place.

I also learned that flash is not just for photographing people indoors.  Flash can create amazing lighting effects for outdoor scenes and subjects.   

What you need is someone to show you how to get creative with your lighting by not solely relying on mother nature to provide perfect outdoor light. By giving me a chance, I will show you today how to take control of lighting and create the images you envision so by tomorrow your photographs will look better and more dramatic.   

In this course, I will show you:

  • The tools of the trade from flashes to mounting devices   

  • How flash light works with outdoor light and lighting fundamentals   

  • How to make your subject stand out   

  • How to photograph wildflowers in the field with added drama   

  • How to add light to landscapes photographs   

  • How to photograph outdoor portraits with multiple flash   

  • How to light a camping scene   

  • How to create dramatic action sports photographs like mountain biking or rafting using multiple wireless flashes.   

  • How to get creative with light like Light Painting and spotlighting techniques.   

    I will show you all this right now
    so by the next time you photograph you will be looking at better photography in simple and complex photo setups   

Please understand this course is not for you if you only watch one video and never apply what you learned with your photography. This course is for people who love to photograph and want to apply the techniques demonstrated in this course.   

Yes, while you can certainly watch YouTube videos and read blogs here and there and probably learn something, you can get this course right now packed full of examples and information, and all for a very low price.   


Who’s the Instructor?   

There are many courses on how to be an amazing photographer, but how many are taught by true professionals who have a career and worked as a photographer?   

I was formally trained at Brooks Institute in the 1980s and have worked every day since. I have been published in countless magazines (you’ve no doubt heard of), calendars, outdoor product manufacturers, and had my outdoor images used thousands of times.

I have taught photo workshops across the USA and the Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos. I love to teach and want to insure you succeed and love photography like I do. You can trust me to teach you photography!  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Take your photography to the next level!

The mission of this course is to show you techniques you may not have been aware of and apply those techniques for more dramatic photographs.

Are you ready to discover simple and easy-to-follow strategies for creating beautiful photographs that I have used for 30 years in my professional business? 

Want to learn more about this course? Click to watch the video above.

Enroll today! Just click Take This Course now so you can get started right away! 

And you can review this course for FREE! Did you also know that if you don’t like the course, you can get a 100% refund, meaning there is NO RISK TO YOU!



Using Wireless Speedlights in Adventure & Nature Photography
Using Wireless Speedlights in Adventure & Nature Photography
Using Wireless Speedlights in Adventure & Nature Photography
Using Wireless Speedlights in Adventure & Nature Photography


Introduction to Light and Lighting

Introduction to this Course

Understanding the Difference Between Ambient Light and Flash Light

Understanding the Exposure Triangle

Understanding the Inverse Square Law

Which three are part of the exposure triangle?

Lighting Equipment and Flash Technology

Accessories for Wireless Flash

Important Features of the Flash Unit

How Shooting Modes Work with Flash

What to Use: Aperture Priority or Program Mode?

The Importance of Sync Speed

How to Apply Exposure Compensation to Flash Pictures

The Value of ETTL Functionality

Here is your assignment # 1: Shooting modes

How to Control Flash Lighting on Your Subject

How to Make Great Photos With Flash Exposure Compensation

The Advantage of Manual Flash

Changing Depth of Field when using Flash

How to Use Flash Key

The Advantage of Flash Fill

Using Flash Fill on a Desert Cactus

Modifying Light from a Flash

How to Use Flash Off-Camera

Changing your depth of field when using flash

Here is Your Assignment #2: Key Flash and Fill Flash

Understanding Wireless Flash Triggering Options

Triggering Off_camera Flash with Infra Red Signal

Triggering Off-Camera Nikon Flash with Infra Red Signal

Triggering off-Camera Flash with Radio Signal

Using Wireless Flash for Outdoor Portraits

Introduction to 1, 2, 3, 4, Light Portraits

One Light Portraits

Two Light Portraits

Photographing Cowboys with Two Lights

Three Light Portraits

Four Light Portraits

Photographing Portraits Outdoors Pt 1

Photographing Portraits Outdoors Pt 2

Photographing Portraits Outdoors Pt 3

Photographing Portraits Outdoors Pt 4

The Outdoor Apparel Photo Shoot

Lighting outdoor portraits

Here's Your Assignment #3: The Outdoor Portrait

Using Flash in Landscape Photography

Using Flash in Landscape Photography

Lighting Lupine Wildflowers Pt 1

Lighting Lupine Wildflowers Pt2

Photographing Landscape in Columbia River Gorge

Using Flash in Close-Up and Macro Photography

Flash Lighting for Macro Close-Ups

Macro Photography in the Field

How to Prevent Blurring Flowers

Here's your assignment #4: Close-ups

Wireless Flash for Action and Adventure Subjects

Using Flash Lighting for Action Adventure Sports

Using Multiple Flashes for Action Subjects

Photographing a Mountain Biker with Multiple Flash Units

Cool Gadget: The Bettter Beamer

Here's your assignment #5: Action

Specialty Techniques Using Wireless Flash

How to Photograph the Perfect Campfire

How to Create Sunbursts on People Outdoors

How to Create Colorful Effects with Lighting Gels

Creating Fake Sunlight on Nature & Outdoor Subjects

Photographing a Hiker in Forest with Wireless Flash

Here's your assignment #6

How to Tell Stories With Light using a Flash

Telling Stories With Light

Telling Stories with Light Pt 2

Creating Light From Within the Scene

The Fine Art of Spotlighting with Flash

Painting Nature Subjects with Light from Flash

Photographing Cavers inside a Cave

Here's your assignment #7: Hide-a-flash

Downloadable Pocket Guide

Bonus Lectures

Negoitiating the Sale of Your Photos

BONUS LECTURE: Private Workshops and More Excellent Learning Opportunities


Ahmed1 November 2020

Much appreciation for how out there and engaged the instructor was to demonstrate those valuable information he was teaching, thanks! I learned a lot

David27 June 2020

WoW. I knew flash can be and is a important feature of photography. I just wasn't aware how in-depth flash photography could be. The Instructor gave concise and informative information and plenty of example to build off from.

Fabrizio12 March 2020

Good on-field, hands-on course on how to use flashes outdoor. Unfortunately I don not own flashes just now, but was very curious to learn what the technique could offer to my present way of shooting outdoor. This course is fully worth time and money

Fred19 November 2019

The course was thought out and layout well. I'm a beginner with flash photography and learned a great deal of how to use flash. Charlie explained the why of the method as well as the mechanics of used. This course is something I'll reference often in the future. My only comment for improvement is to have the assignments as a downloadable resource. That would make it easier to use the assignment instructions away from the computer screen.

Tom2 October 2019

I have learned so much about off-camera flash from this course! I am putting it into practice, and going back to review it

Jan8 September 2019

Mr. Borland does an excellent job of explaining things for people like myself that are inexperienced with using flash. While I have a VERY basic knowledge, and consider myself to be fairly intelligent, flash is a bit overwhelming and I appreciate his wonderful teaching abilities.

Steven8 February 2019

A seasoned professional photographer is also an excellent teacher. Who would have thought? This is not my first Charlie Borland course and it won't be my last.

Steffen20 November 2018

Viele Beispiele, verständlich und gut aufeinander aufgebaut, die Bildbeispiele sind gut ausgewählt. Abwechselnd - mal erklärend mit Bildbeispielen und dann wieder ist man „live“ dabei wie ein shoot abläuft. Obwohl ich auch den Kurs „How to Be a commercial photograher“ von Ihm gesehen habe - welcher auch vieles über das blitzen beinhaltet - hatte ich nicht das Gefühl Informationen doppelt zu erhalten.

Thomas27 July 2018

Charlie does it again. Another comprehensive, professionally designed course guiding the student with extensive examples, descriptions, and graphics in real world scenarios. His calm and easily understood speech (which, by the way, never becomes a monologue) instructs and engages the student in all the necessary details and relevant techniques. He takes you on a virtual "field trip" to lay the capstone for each section of the course. Kudos and thanks to Charlie for sharing his vast knowledge and experience in this excellent photography course.

John26 June 2018

I took the course as I wanted to incorporate flash into some of my outdoor portraits. The instructor provided some nice tips and ideas to try and use on my next outdoor portrait excursion. Thanks.

Mark4 June 2018

I am only half way through the course and know more about flash photography than I have ever read in a book. This is a great course that can be applied to so many different niches besides outdoor photography. Great course.

Tracy7 August 2017

Easy to listen course material and with useful tips and comments. Makes you feel like you are there. :-)

Steve10 June 2017

The course is well laid out; his presentation is direct and clear and the topics are well illustrated. A lot of material was covered and with excellent illustrations and examples that made it all seem "do-able". The instructor was easy to listen to and his presentation was always in a friendly, helpful manner. Not professorial or "talking down" to the viewer.

Ulrich28 May 2017

clear, precise and good examples So far the course has covered a huge range of topics, e.g. portraits, action, where humans are the center of interest. I find this interesting and very professional, but it's NOT nature.

Fran23 May 2017

Fabulous class---complex concepts are clearly explained with striking photography, concise illustrations and clear demonstrations. A huge amount of material is covered here, enough actually for three or four classes. This is so helpful since the manuals that come with your flash are so technical they might as well be written in Greek. Borland explains it all patiently and thoroughly with photos taken at different settings on the camera and on the flash and how these settings interact. He includes diagrams illustrating where he places his lighting for both single and multiple lighting set-ups. He takes you into the field with him exploring various lighting challenges and how he solved them. And he covers so much! Portraits, action shots (both freeze action and panned action), macro, flowers, wildlife, landscapes. He delves deeply into the use of off camera flash, light modifiers and radio triggers and the use of multiple flashes that serve as key light, fill light and accent lights. What I especially loved is the quirky fun stuff he covers toward the end of the class, things like using a flash with a Better Beamer attached to spotlight a distant subject, how to perfectly photograph a campfire scene, how to light up a tent so it glows in the dark, creating fake sunlight and adding a sunburst effect behind a subject, using colored gels, light painting, stashing a flash within a scene to create moody portraits. He even goes into a dark cave and lights it with colored gels to photograph a caver with a headlamp. He shows you how he uses Photoshop to stack multiple images lit with different colored gels and combine them into a single dramatic photo. What especially strikes me about this great class is the thoroughness with which Borland covers this complex subject matter but also his sense of humor and fun as he experiments with lighting and the joy he takes in trying out original ways to create truly dynamic, really cool photos. What a great class!!!!!


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