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Lighting 101

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Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

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10. Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect


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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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Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

Now, really, this entire chapter is about understanding the balance and exposure between ambient versus flash and how they combined together to create whatever look that you want to go for in this particular slide. This particular video I want to discuss, basically flash and ami unbalancing, for a more natural look with your flashed images we've talked about before how some people think that you can't get natural images at a flash. What it comes down to is simply the type of light modifiers that you're using, and, more importantly, the balance between ambient light flash. Now, we have a nice little diagram appear, if you want an image to look more natural than what you need to do is you need to take the ambient light exposure, and you want to expose towards the brighter side, and then for flash power, you're going to dial that actually down to be a little bit darker. So basically, what ends up happening is that you're flash is being used more subtly in these situations, it's used to ju...

st slightly modified direction of light, slightly modified quality of light, and those type of thing is not used as really just kind of overpowering type thing, we're going with a darker flash power, we're going with brighter ambien line, that's what we've seen, all of these images here, we have a nice very natural kiss of light that gives us a beautiful natural image. Overall, it looks similar to if we used a reflector except we have more power control. We have more light control with flash. Why not use reflecting the situation's? Well, there's a lot of reasons. I mean, a lot of times you can't get enough light from the sun. A lot of time, the sun is over cast a lot of times. The sun is in the wrong position to bounce light into the subject where you need it and you can't get enough of it. These are all situations where one using flash we can completely overcome them. It simply comes down to using the right amount of flash. You get the right effects, let's, talk through each one of them. Just briefly again, we're gonna go through all these images and detailed talk through the sets and the scenes as we get to them. But for right here and what I want you guys to get in the habit of doing is when you approach a scene you always, always, always start first with just your ambient light exposure. So you gonna dial in your exposure setting for what you want, the background for what you want that scene toe look like at that point. That's when you decide well do I need a little bit of flash? If so, what kind of flash my gonna use where am I gonna put it what I want to modify with and so forth okay, so over here number one this is ambient light no flash this is our first shot that we took and I said I love this exposure I'm going for this really nice brighton area look with this image we have yoko here standing in this little kind of like in between this tree trunk has this great blown out look, we have a beautiful flare coming in from the sun and I don't want to go any bright in that because any brighter than that well, it's great for skin tones and everything but then I lose saturation. I lose color in that kind of background, okay, stick so what I want to do is just get to that point and add a little bit of light. So here we're at one one hundred of a second where f one point two at is a one hundred. We have a five stop neutral density filter. I'm going to show you guys a little bit more of these in detail in a bit, but this is a neutral density filter and what it does that simply cuts down the amount of light that goes in the lens okay, why would we need something like this? Well, because flashes, which were going again discuss in more detail, is they haven't issue with synchronization speak basically the speed of which your shutter is firing. Generally, the cut off is one, two hundred second others ways around this that will cover. But if you want to get the most power out of the flash, the thing is, you gotta go below that shutter speed if we're shooting an f one point two at is a one hundred in the middle of the day, we can't get the shutter speed slow enough to basically allow the flash fire. That means that the shutter speeds on me like one eight thousand of a second because it's so bright outside, so we use a neutral density filter to cut down the lights so we can bring the shutter speed down again. We'll talk about this more later on, so with our flash, I have a flash bouncing off. I think there was a silver in this scene. We'll talk about it more but it's bouncing off the left and coming back and it's giving her face and a nice kiss alike the exact same image you can see how big of a difference it makes having that little kiss of light and how it still has a beautiful natural effect of the image right here. This is during sunset how to do two things I had to clean up the color of the light because well, the sun was setting in that point, so if I use basic flash would be to blue so I put a gel on and I'm bounced into reflector here we have one in one hundred seconds at two point eight and so a hundred so it's pretty dark outside okay it's getting pretty dark and I add just a little kiss of life just to add a little bit of phil again it bounced off the left side over a think it's a white over silla reflector again we'll talk more later you can see that nice color of light on her kind of matches the color of the background light looks beautiful has a soft phil very natural looking effect right here again we're letting the background blow out we're leaving that window is blind I don't want to change that I wanted to look natural wanted to leave it bright. All I want to do is add a little bit of flash to give me seven flash direction and to clean up some of that existing light in the scene so we get this beautiful look and for this little this was a lifestyle session that we did their house which was really fun, that kind of kind of pretending just a saturday morning kind of shot them as they made breakfast and talk and have fun, and it was really cool seeing all I want to do it just had a little bit of light. Just clean up some of the existing light in the scene. Okay, so what is the key here with all these shots? Well, the mixture of ambient to flash is mohr, ambient and less flash, so we're going very subtle on the flash, power added, and we're we're kind of just adding whatever we need just to give the ambient light a little kiss. Now, one thing to remember, we talked about basically dialing in everything and how you know, on the flash power side, what matters is flash power afternoon. So what matters on the inside is shutter speed, aperture and s o one thing remember, is that whatever the flash is pointed up is going to affect the overall image exposure meaning, like, for example, in this shot we exposed for this background, right at one, one hundred second f one point two and one hundred. If the flash happens to be firing against the background tree, it will effect that exposure, that area adding flash to that area. So just keep in mind that, yes, the overall exposure in certain areas can be affected if flash spills into those areas. So what we need to do is basically modify and control the lights. So the flash goes exactly where we wanted each of these scenes and that's. What you can see here is in every one of the scenes that we're shooting were refining and controlling the light. So the flashes going exactly where we put it that way, we don't get any kind of nasty background spill or anything that wouldn't look natural in these shots. So that's it for this video. Let's. Go ahead and move to the next one. We're talking about flash and ambien, balancing for a more dramatic effect.

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.



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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 ...