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Lighting 101

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Creative White Balance

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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23. Creative White Balance


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1 Chapter 1 Introduction Duration:01:26
2 Why Just One On-Camera Flash Duration:04:22
3 5 Reasons to Use Flash Duration:10:37
4 Common Flash Myths Duration:06:51
6 Chapter 2 Introduction Duration:01:36
9 Flash vs. Ambient Demo Duration:06:42
13 Understanding Flash Duration Duration:08:37
14 Chapter 3 Introduction Duration:01:34
15 5 Common Key Light Patterns Duration:08:38
18 3 Primary Subject Patterns Duration:05:27
19 Light Qualities Duration:09:56
20 The Inverse Square Law Duration:07:50
21 Inverse Square Law in Practice Duration:08:21
22 Corrective White Balance Duration:10:02
23 Creative White Balance Duration:05:47
24 Chapter 4 Introduction Duration:01:58
25 On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash Duration:05:57
27 TTL vs. Manual Control Duration:08:12
28 TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times Duration:04:43
29 Flash Power & Zoom Duration:09:18
30 HHS vs. ND Filters Duration:12:29
31 FCS vs. RCS Duration:07:11
32 Chapter 5 Introduction Duration:01:38
34 Bare Bulbing Done Right Duration:11:42
35 Grid Snoot + Direct Flash Duration:06:43
36 Mini Beauty + Direct Flash Duration:06:08
37 Ring + Direct Flash Duration:07:52
38 Understanding Modifiers Duration:09:24
39 Direct Flash + Shutter Flash Duration:09:07
40 Chapter 6 Introduction Duration:01:55
42 Silver Bounce Duration:14:27
43 More Light Silver Duration:11:02
44 Soft White Bounce Duration:15:41
45 Overhead Bounce Duration:11:39
46 Overhead Bounce + Fill Duration:09:42
47 Event Bounce Duration:12:42
48 Chapter 7 Introduction Duration:01:38
49 Natural vs. Dramatic Light Duration:17:43
53 Chapter 8 Introduction Duration:00:43
54 Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset Duration:09:45
55 Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset Duration:10:04
57 Case Study 4 - Family Portrait Duration:08:21
59 Case Study 6 - Working Angles Duration:07:22
61 Case Study 8 - Less is More Duration:07:16
62 The Good Karma Jar Duration:01:41
63 Favorite Feature Flashes Duration:05:52
64 Favorite Manual Flashes Duration:21:35

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Creative White Balance

Now our final video in this chapter is all about creative wipeout, which is totally my favorite use for white balance and jails and so forth because this is how you create the holy crap. How did you do that kind of emotion in your client's? I hope I didn't freak you all out right now, but this is basically where we will intentionally modify the color of our flash for creative purposes I'm gonna have the perfect illustration is featuring again jill who is in our lovely or in her lovely swimsuit not our subsidies I'm borrowing ourselves would that be weird she's in herself suit now we're shooting this shot the son is you can see just behind her head right here and it's setting and this is writer on forty five hundred grease kelvin we can see that we get this nice what kind of orange look in the background which looks nice and everything. I added a jelled flash I had in it kind of an inkling that I did want to gel the flash basically. But I wanted to see what the background look like whil...

e she was lit up and as soon as I took the shot I'm like yeah, you know, she's got this blue bikini on and if I really made the background pop it was blue as well it would work so well with that bikini also I wanted to look dramatic, I want the water to look crazy blue, I want everything to look just amazing, and right here it looks cool and everything, but it has just a little bit of something missing. So with a gentle my flash, I have my assistant hold a silver reflector. We're going to talk about this more in a specific case study on how we approach the scene, but here are the basics have my flash jail. I'm at thirty five fifty kelvin in camera, okay? And all I'm doing is bouncing off this reflector that's to the left of me as we shoot her and we place her right basically in front of the sunset, and we simply take a few shots as the water is rolling in now, because my flash is my dominant light and because it's been jelled toe orange when I balance so that this light is slightly neutral, slightly warm, then it sends the background into a deep, deep blue, and this is one of my favorite use of this is this kind of almost became known as the sports illustrated effect because sports illustrated used to use this effect so much in all their photos, they would always do this, they would get these super blue backgrounds and all just cause they gel there, flash and so forth. But it's an ashley fantastic look, whether you're doing couple session, whether you're doing something like this it's, a great look and it's going to make it climbs go holy cow! That doesn't look anything like it does here in real life. Now, here the primary tips for this kind of creative white balance techniques just the same as corrective white balancing. We don't wantto basically mix multiple colors of light across someone's face, okay, meaning, and this is going to play mohr into when we, when we talk about using off camera lights and then jelling off camera lights two different colors when we want to do is make sure that each of those lights isn't overlapping with each other. If I use a yellow light behind the body and a blue light in front of body, I want to make sure that those lights don't cross over the face. If you get mixed light over a face, it generally is not gonna look good because you'll have this transition from yellow to blue and it's not gonna look natural, so we try and separate that. Even when you're trying to create like a kicker on the side of the face, you want to make sure that the kicker, if it's blue it stops here and in your other color here, doesn't kind of transition into it looks messy. If you get light bleeding into each other, so we want to make sure is that we're not lighting our subject with multiple colors of light, so if you'll notice in this shot, the exposure on her is she's almost pitch black. Okay, so the light that I'm adding is primarily it's almost one hundred percent flash I'm cutting out all of the ambient light so that this is the dominant light over the front of her body, and so that way we don't have any mixed lighting over skin. Okay, so that's basically what we're doing here so don't like the same subject with light sources of different colors create a clear separation between light colors and don't allow different colors to bleed one over one another that's the same thing we're talking about, like kind of lighting from behind lighting from the front two different colors light we don't want them to bleed over one another same things before remember that jelling does reduce power for this shot were bouncing off of a silver reflector and I'm flashing probably around I think this was around one quarter power one quarter toe one eighth power off that reflector again, it's all about distance I generally don't like to use tl and we'll talk about that later on just because I like to have control over that power and have very specific and precise control again, we're covering the entire flash and with a gel the most commonly use gel again for both creative and corrected purposes is this cto we're using the same exact cto and if you want to get the background even more crazy blue, I don't know, I really wouldn't want to for this particular shot because this looks enough crazy blue for me. But you could stack another gel and stacking on the job will pull this light even more orange you khun balance down to say, twenty, six hundred degrees kelvin and in the background becomes even more blue. So remember that you can get kind of take it as far as you want for the pretty good style and the look that you want your images but this is one of my favorite uses for gels is for that creative effect in your images. All right, so this is jelling for creative effect, and we will cover it more as we go through the workshop will get into additional details and additional examples, but this is one my favorite uses for flashes to gel and create these creative effects because it makes for images that makes your clients just drop their job, they just go, what the heck, how did you do that? This looks nothing like that.

Class Description

Lighting 101 follows in Photography 101's footsteps. Photography 101 takes students up through Manual Mode mastery and provides a foundation in natural light techniques and modifications. Lighting 101 picks up by teaching all about flash and light modification. But, just like Photography 101, we want Lighting 101 to be the most accessible lighting course available. So we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash. Every image shown and created in this course was created with a DSLR and just a single on-camera hot shoe speed light. 

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The best class for understanding light and lighting there is bar none. Pye is an excellent teacher and the quality of the material provides for a rich and very informative experience. Pye breaks down the fundamentals in easy to digest packets and then elaborates as needed. If there is one class that you watch this is it! Worth purchasing and saving for future use. I would also HIGHLY recommend downloading the saving the PDF of slides that accompany the videos. Again, and can't say it enough, this is THE BEST video to lighting on Creative Live. A must watch for the novice and the expert.

Simon Metselaar

This is the best thing that happened to me since I've been into photography. What a lifesaver. Unfortunately I already payed for some courses that are not Pye, but Pye just nails it. Amazing, and kind of a life hack. Thanks again :)

George Gan was well worth your training. I have learned some key lighting techniques from this training. His voice and training is clear except for his attempt at making jokes and should hire a new script writer for your Jokes...ha ha ha ha. With that said, if you are not a professional in lighting, you do gain a lot going through this training from front to end. Remember this is lighting 101 so don't expect too want more technical and complexity, wait for Lighting 201, 301 or 401 ...