A couple of years ago, I took an Open University course called “T189 Digital Photography: Creating and sharing better images”. Although it was only a short course, I felt that I learned a lot about composition and editing. The course is being discontinued shortly, and it does not appear at present that a replacement is in the pipeline.
There are quite a few OU groups on flickr, and I belong to several of the T189 groups. The most recent I’ve joined is a “photo a week” group for those people who don’t feel comfortable with the idea of a picture a day. I joined one of those last year, and dropped out around the end of February.
The subject for the second week of January was to use flash, a subject a lot of hobbyists and amateurs don’t feel totally comfortable with, me included.
The images were all shot at ISO 200 and a 50mm lens at f1.8 and with a shutter speed of 1/200. Working from left to right, the left hand image used the on-camera flash, the middle image is using a Nissin Speedlite flash gun on TTL (through the lens) settings and the right hand image is using the Nissin Speedlite with a small soft box diffuser attached to the flashgun.