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Flash Photography Crash Course

Lesson 13 of 13

The Road Ahead

Pye Jirsa, SLR Lounge

Flash Photography Crash Course

Pye Jirsa, SLR Lounge

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Lesson Info

13. The Road Ahead
Lighting and flash photography is a beautiful rabbit hole that will open up an infinite amount of possibilities. This class was designed to get you started, but also to prepare you for the Lighting Series should you choose to dive deeper!

Lesson Info

The Road Ahead

you have completed the flash photography crash course, Give yourselves a pat on the back. Don't do it too long because I want you guys to actually get out and practice. I want you to take what you've learned here. Go get a basic setup and go start putting it into practice, especially when it comes to the camp framework setting your intention in your ambulance, begin using those frameworks to get to the right exposures, then start playing with those modifiers, grab a grid, grab an umbrella, a basic flash and play. This is where you're gonna take all of these concepts and you're actually going to internalize them so that you can keep them as part of your toolkit going forward. Just watching the video isn't gonna be enough. You have to develop the muscle memory and see what's going to happen on location so you can make these techniques your own number two before you go and invest in tons of gear. I really want you guys to have a good idea of your style and the types of images you're tryin...

g to create. So that way you're not going and buying things that you're really not going to end up using. So if you're at the place where your style is kind of up in the air, try rent, borrow, do whatever you can to kind of hold off on those purchase decisions until you know for sure. If you decide that your style is more dramatic, you love darker ambient light, you love incorporating modifiers with that kind of a look, Then you're gonna want to end up with those higher power flashes that we talked about. If you are really more about kind of being on location, sometimes you work indoors and you shoot indoors and outdoor, you really want more of a natural look. You can kind of end up with smaller flashes either way. You know exactly what tools you need. Once you have defined your style and from this guide, you know which of those pieces of gear I recommend last this course Was one of the lighting possibilities that are waiting in front of you. So if you want to dive deeper into lighting and specifically location lighting to any effect, I would recommend jumping into lighting one through lighting for this four workshop series is available on Creative Live and it's going to begin in lighting one where I teach you just how powerful your on camera flash can be. You're gonna learn the fundamentals of light shaping, of different qualities of light, of different techniques and everything and you're gonna shape on camera flash to look like off camera lighting effects as you see in these images and lighting to We're gonna go deeper, we're gonna take that flash off the camera. I'm gonna show you just how powerful one flash when modified can be when working off camera. Then in lighting three, we're going to step things up. We're gonna go into multi point off camera flash where we are now controlling 123 off camera lights to create all the effects and images that you're seeing here. We're going to dive deeper into the nuances of lighting in lighting three. So be prepared lighting for puts everything together and you're gonna do what I think is personally the most difficult and most refined piece of lighting which is simulating natural light. I'm talking window light, golden hour, daytime light. Everything. This final course is really going to piece everything together And unlock every possibility. So now you're not limited in any way on the images that you want to create. This course gave you the one that will get you often running. The lighting series is going to give you the 99 that really pieces together a mastery of lighting. In the meantime, you can follow me at Pi Jirsa on instagram at Born, uncreative on Tiktok as well as at SLR Lounge on Youtube. You also find me on a drama tv as well on Youtube and that's it for me guys can't wait for the next video. The next time I get to join you guys on Creative Live, but until then, have fun. Get out there, get shooting, use everything you learned base.

Class Description


  • Use flash to create dramatic portraits.
  • Use flash to create natural portraits.
  • Balance flash with ambient light.
  • Use and understand off-camera flash.
  • Understand off-camera flash gear and setups.


Let’s be honest, flash photography is intimidating. Many photographers never learn the power of flash because at first glance it looks complicated and overwhelming. This course is the exact opposite. In around 90 minutes, you will walk away not only understanding flash gear, but also having a simple framework to immediately begin using flash in your own work.

I’m going to show you how easy flash can be. From creating dramatic portraits straight out of camera, to using flash for a more natural and soft look. You will walk away from this course with everything you need to get started using flash. Should you choose to dive deeper down the rabbit hole of lighting, this course will also prepare you for the Lighting Series, a four workshop intensive that covers the ins and outs of location lighting for portraiture.


  • Beginners that understand their camera
  • Beginners that want to start learning flash
  • Beginners that want to learn how to use flash for portrait


LPye Jirsa is a photographer, educator, author, podcaster and lifelong learner. He has made a career out of creating frameworks that simplify complex subjects. Frameworks that have helped millions of people learn languages, creativity, photography, lighting, business, communication and even relationships.

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Gary Hook

Pye is a talented instructor with a wealth of knowledge. He has an excellent technique of brining out the learning points and does an excellent job at the end of the sessions through summary. He provides some handy tools to assist the beginner to get out and shooting pictures with simple, easy to remember steps, e.g. CAMP. While I am a huge fan of building a foundation of theoretical knowledge, the majority of the first 8 sessions was more on an informercial for Profoto to the point of being painful. A few examples if I may. Pye tells us he is not familiar with the Godox menu system but then sings the praises of Profoto because it is so easy to use? Mmmm, maybe if you actually understood the Godox system you would find it easier to use? When it comes to modifiers, you stress that the Profoto is so much better because of its portability even though it takes more time to set-up than the competition; however when it comes to Menu systems the GoDox is not as good because it takes more time. So one is okay even though it takes more time but one is NOT good because it takes more time? No paradox here right I appreciated his chart to demonstrate the differences between Groups and Channels; however, when using the same identifier for both, e.g. letters, it can be confusing. From my perspective identifying Groups as Teachers using a # and Channels as students using letters (A,B,C,D) would reduce the risk of confusion. Instruction 101: if you are going to demonstrate something, learn it before you take up screen time! Profoto has the most counter-intuitive number system for power. How does 9 out of 10 make one think of 50% power? Session 8 – 2 minutes of actual information crammed into 15:40! With respect to terminology, Pye asks do we really need Master/Slave? I’d ask do we really need “Air” versus “Radio”? good tips on Trouble Shooting Overall the last four sessions made the whole session worth it. The simplified and structured approach of CAMP was brought out nicely with the dramatic and natural on-location shoots. Well done

Kriss Ward

This has been one of my favorite courses so far on Creative Live. A great starting point for OCF. I really enjoy Pye's teaching methods as I have seen them on other platforms so I was excited to find this here. Not only does he explain things in digestible bites, but also his demos are helpful too! Will definitely be watching the more in depth series that follows!

Angie Martin

This is a wonderful class! I was able to apply these concepts right away for a senior portrait shoot. i was like, "Wow! Pye was right!" I have learned not to tweak 100 different things at once and get confused. His CAMP system makes SO much sense...clarifies everything. Thank you, Pye, for this. You're a wonderful teacher! Marry me! I'll wait.