Lighting 101


Lesson Info


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. 


Chapter 1 Introduction
Why Just One On-Camera Flash
5 Reasons to Use Flash
Common Flash Myths
What Makes Flash Challenging?
Chapter 2 Introduction
Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light
Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure
Flash vs. Ambient Demo
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect
Understanding Flash Duration
Chapter 3 Introduction
5 Common Key Light Patterns
5 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill
5 Common Secondary Light Patterns
3 Primary Subject Patterns
Light Qualities
The Inverse Square Law
Inverse Square Law in Practice
Corrective White Balance
Creative White Balance
Chapter 4 Introduction
On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash
Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes
TTL vs. Manual Control
TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times
Flash Power & Zoom
HHS vs. ND Filters
Chapter 5 Introduction
4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
Bare Bulbing Done Right
Grid Snoot + Direct Flash
Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
Ring + Direct Flash
Understanding Modifiers
Direct Flash + Shutter Flash
Chapter 6 Introduction
Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash
Silver Bounce
More Light Silver
Soft White Bounce
Overhead Bounce
Overhead Bounce + Fill
Event Bounce
Chapter 7 Introduction
Natural vs. Dramatic Light
Filling and Refining Existing Light
Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
Coloring Light for Creative Effect
Chapter 8 Introduction
Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset
Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset
Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot
Case Study 4 - Family Portrait
Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits
Case Study 6 - Working Angles
Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite
Case Study 8 - Less is More
The Good Karma Jar
Favorite Feature Flashes
Favorite Manual Flashes
Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers


  • 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.
  • AMAZING course. Great information for people just starting out with using a flash and manipulating light. Pye has a great sense of humor so he keeps you interested but still explains everything really well.
  • I love watching Pye Jirsa teach. He really knows his photography and he is an excellent teacher. Also, I like that Pye is very well prepared and he does not "wing it". Great course!