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Lighting 101

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Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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39. Direct Flash + Shutter Flash


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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

Lesson Info

Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

Direct flash and shutter drags this is one of my favorite techniques to use, especially say on a dance floor at a wedding or an event. Anytime you want to capture motion and show action and freeze the subject at the end of it, this is a perfect technique, so you can use it really anywhere in fact, going to show you some really weird places. We've actually used this technique to get a really fun shot. The whole point of this technique is to create a shot that has imperfections that shows motion. It shows all these types of things, and it adds a lot of interest to this image. Now, there's a few different tips that I want to go through, and probably the first one, which actually I forgot the list over here on the left, the first ones to make sure that the primary, the bright light, the primary lighten the scene is actually coming from behind the subject. So if you're on the dance floor, there's a lot of dance for lights, whether you're at a concert, whether you had an event, whatever you'...

re move into position where those dance for lights are behind your subjects. If they're in front of your subjects, what ends up happening is you don't end up freezing them as well because there's a lot of ambient light on their faces you want that ambulance coming from behind because it'll look cool from behind, but not as much so from the front now primary number one is a dialing your shutter speed based on the scene and based on the speed of the action for the dance floor, I would say typically around one tenth tow one fifth of a second is around ideal. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and do that right now I'm dialling into one tenth next adjust your after an iso to arrive at the ambient light exposure now, here's what? I mean, turn off your flash and we're gonna do is just take a shot, take a shot of the room and kind of, you know, do the same kind of motion that you would if this were an actual shot, you know, actual motion shop. Now, right now, I just end up with this super bright image and actually don't have ah card in camera. Now let me take the shot again, so this is too bright, so I'm gonna do just adjust my aperture to f too, and I'm gonna just my exposure to say hi, so maybe around four hundred okay, just like get a nice bit of motion in the shot I might even take it a little bit lower than that going around so two hundred run anywhere between if I have to or have to wait usually my eyes those between one hundred four hundred okay that typically give me a good amount of light in the background for a dance floor so what I want is just to get some motion in the background but I don't want to be so brighten over exposed at that point, all I'm going to do is turn on my flash pointed directly my subject I still have my ring flash than you so let me take this guy off that way I can get this to point actually directly at my subjects so I'm gonna point this directly down powered on and I'm going to shoot in tl rimmer if I'm using variable flash and I'm going directly the subject, this will work actually really nicely and it's going to be very light power anyway so I'm not too worried about recycle times I want not just gonna point is directing my subject I can control my zoom again if I wantto pin light one person or if I want to get a group of individuals so usually actually like to use my zoom to around eighty two hundred five millimeters because I like that one individual that I'm focused on economy brighter than everybody else okay, so I'm gonna go eighty millimeters just remember turn on rear curtains sink when we were doing a shutter drag so you wanna have recorded sync on and at this point all you're gonna do is start firing away and adding action to the shot. Okay, so that's, how we have created the flash is going to end up freezing the person and in the motion from the shutter dragline of capturing the motion, the background so the other tips are to shoot a lot of images to make sure that you're getting good expressions and good shots of people and so forth. And then number six is two well, in this shop we didn't have, you know, a lot of stuff going on behind us, so rather than his have her like, go and just dance alone, we actually used a fan to kind of blow the hair around. But if your dance if you're in a group of people obviously had a wedding, you're not going to take a leaf blower onto the dance floor and let g like on everybody that doesn't make sense and plus usually on the dance floor, the wedding or at an event everybody's going crazy anyway, it's not one person against a backdrop, so when you're shooting, I'm gonna show you guys a couple of tips on motion and stuff like that but let's go through these shots real quick and just talk through how each of these shots are created so this very first shot this was basically too test our ambien exposure so what this is is on a hundred million or lens this is that one fifth of a second f four and s a one hundred with no flash this is that ambien exposure this is that same ammunition closure at one fifth f four is a one hundred with direct flash but we haven't added the emotion to it so now it just looks kind of blurry doesn't look good really at all okay? And then with our motion we get this third shot, so this third shot is one for them a second f four is a one hundred direct flash detail, but what we said was the motion was bad it didn't work now that's not because you know it's it's not because we did anything wrong it's just because for this particular shot, the lights and the traveling over the face and what not and so the motion in that shot is not good you're going to get shots where the motion isn't good where the expression isn't good where there's something wrong? So we say shoot a bunch you're going to shoot kind of high speed when you're doing this type of stuff but we just keep shooting and then we get to this so what I'm trying to do once I noticed that the lights were directly behind her face and they're trailing across your face I just got up a little bit higher and I put the lights in the background below her body so when I traveled back and forth now they don't conceal the face we get tons of great expressions general, you just want the lights either above or below the face of that way they're not going across and creating blurs and blocking out they don't have to be looking in the camera for these pretty good shots we did once we've got this set up we had a bunch of people in the studio like I want to do some of the dance for shots I never get a chance at weddings to do that so jack your city matter came in we got this shot with her we're out at the end of a shoot and it was really funny I was like let's get your dance moves on we're actually in a middle of a parking lot we just did the exact same thing in a parking lot this olivia I'm like dance because we just finished another shoot and she just starts dancing with no music my deal kind of weird actually and I start twisting the camera moving and create emotion we get the shot we post this online, we're like celebrate because we just finished our last shoot for lighting one o one outdoors and they were like, that's amazing! How did you do that shot were like, dude, this is the desk for set up, we're gonna show you the dance for senate, but this was actually in a parking lot, so you could make a parking lot looks like a dance floor pretty cool. All right, so let me show you some of emotions that I like to use when I'm doing a twist or when I'm adding motion particular, I'm shooting like events and that kind of stuff one is the twist, so the twist is basically where you're firing, you keep the subject right? The center, and what I'll do is I'll just focus on the subject, and then I general keep the subject right, the center for these type of shots, and once I get the seven focus, I simply twist while firing. Okay, now you can see how quickly we're kind of moving and twisting and firing set like that when you're doing this on a dance floor like, say, at an event. People are kind of surprised by because they're like whoa he's shooting tons of cool images so what I'd like to do is shoot that and then show a group of people who look at awesome this looks and they see these kind of shots and, like, that's wicked awesome, like I had no idea you're doing that and it's one of those wow type effects another great motion. So this motion right here, this is side to side, okay, so once I get a focus on her, I simply go from side to side. Okay? The slower the shutter speed well, the more motion you're gonna pick up, the faster the shutter speed, this less motion going pick up, so if your shutter speeds at one tenth of a second, you've got to move a little quicker, so if I'm not one tenth like I am right now, then to capture motion I really need to be doing this, okay, to be able to get enough motion in that shot. But if I slow it down the one fifth, then well, I'm not the one fifth and then I can kind of go more slow with these. So depending on the speed of the shutter is what's gonna dictate how quickly you're moving the camera, another one of my favorites, we get like a wavy look right here and we actually nailed a lot of these images that look great the way you look is like this so what we're doing is we focus and then we go up and down in a way okay, any emotion you want is fantastic if you have a zoom lens, you can sit there and zoom in and out while you're doing that same type of shot and you'll get a zoom pan type effect which looks great as well just play around with this remember to kind of look at each shot and see how the lights behind the subjects are moving and keep trying until you get these amazingly creative shots that are just blew people's minds when ugo post him that's our land so we can see them as well that's it for this video one quick mentioned as faras processing goes with these types of shots you're gonna have lots of color gonna have lots of things going on. One thing that really helps out is just doing a slight matt approached the processing inside of leg room just with the tone curve that way kind of it kind of reduces the direct flash look and kind of just even it out a little bit leave the colors and leave those kind of things sometimes all de saturated a tiny tiny bit because the inner being really rich but that's it it's very simple to process very simple to get cool and creative shots using the shutter drag plus flash freeze technique.

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. 

Graduate to the next level of exposure mastery with Lighting 201, Lighting 301, and Lighting 401 with Pye Jirsa.



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.

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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 ...