What Makes Flash Challenging?


Lighting 101


Lesson Info

What Makes Flash Challenging?

Four reasons why flash is challenging or rather four primary reasons now at least there's not forty reasons why flashes challenging don't worry every one of these things were gonna address individually, we're gonna spend time on it. Guys, we're gonna build you a foundation of flash that will take you into the future, okay? Let's, get in this number one can't see it without a modeling light. Now, what is a modeling light? Okay, so mama lights are basically just lights that go over flashes like that you might use in the studio. Now, essentially, modeling is just a ambient light that comes from the flash. Without that, we can't see the flash. If you're using like small flashes, like all the flashes that we're using inside this workshop, they don't have modeling lights, meaning that you only see the flash when it actually fires that makes it challenging, because when you're working with ambien like light let's, say, like led lights like this type of light it's a constant light, so whether ...

you're outside and sunlight and you're modifying that with a reflector, you can see what that reflectors doing. You can see where that light is landing and so forth with ease, pakis troves we can't see that until we actually take a test shot and that's, one of the reasons why it's a bit challenging because you don't see where the light is, you don't see how it's falling, you don't see how much like you have the intensity and so forth until you actually take the shot, but that's okay, once you guys understand howto light, and once you understand how the flash works, the other things that will naturally come to, you'll naturally understand that if I fire a flash through this type of a modifier at this power is going roughly look like this. You'll take one or two shots to test it out and adjuster settings, and you're good to go but that's, one of the reasons why it can be a little bit challenging number two is an understanding the exposure flash exposure compared to ambient light exposure. Those are two different things, and while there are similarities between them, there are also differences in the way that flash works and versus the way a constant light works. Like I said, ah, flash, you can on ly see for that split second when it fires versus with ambient light or with constant light, you see throughout the entire duration of the shot, so, of course, because those lights operate a little bit differently, there's going to be differences in the way that they're exposed now, once you understand the base of this again, if not that complicated but it's just one of those areas that people get a little bit intimidated by because the exposures are a little bit different number three is light modification with flash you really need to modify it and we have lots of modifiers here mag mods grids we have this guy like a bib that could put her in the head we have supper flash disk we have so many different modifiers for flash and that's the thing is with flash you have to modify it to get to the right look you don't have to if you want direct flash and that's great fifth the style that you're looking for but that's only one type of light and to get different types of light it requires modification and this means that you do need to learn a little bit of what these modifiers do but again modifiers are extremely simple to understand once you get the basic principles of like quality soft versus hard light diffused vs speculator light were going explain those again in detail once we get into it once you understand that you can simply look at a light modifier and kind of guess what it's gonna look like in camera number four is learning the gear again you know because we're using on camera flash we're using modifiers there is more geared to learn but that's also why we're focusing on just on camera flash we could do so much with just on camera flash that its really gonna blow your mind if you will but the fantastic thing is that most people will never in their entire life realize how much an on camera flash can actually do because they won't have tried these types of things and that means that they're always going to rely on off camera flash and they're always going to rely on studio strobes and always going to land huge modifiers and so forth and that's great when you have those kind of things with you but what about when you're in situations where you don't have that stuff what about when your situations where you have to get a shot quick and all you have is your on camera flash and maybe someone standing there with a white shirt or maybe just a reflektor well understanding these principles and understanding this foundation will help you to get shots that nobody would have thought possible with just the basic year that would have on you so while there's tons of gear out there we're going to focus on just the basics we focus on just on camera flash on camera flash modification and light modification and light shaping and you'll find that each of these principles well it applies to every other piece of year that you're going to use whether it's on camera off camera pocket strobe studio strobe and so forth let's go ahead and move on to the next video

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. 


1Chapter 1 Introduction 2Why Just One On-Camera Flash 35 Reasons to Use Flash 4Common Flash Myths 5What Makes Flash Challenging? 6Chapter 2 Introduction 7Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light 8Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure 9Flash vs. Ambient Demo 10Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect 11Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect 12Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect 13Understanding Flash Duration 14Chapter 3 Introduction 155 Common Key Light Patterns 165 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill 175 Common Secondary Light Patterns 183 Primary Subject Patterns 19Light Qualities 20The Inverse Square Law 21Inverse Square Law in Practice 22Corrective White Balance 23Creative White Balance 24Chapter 4 Introduction 25On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash 26Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes 27TTL vs. Manual Control 28TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times 29Flash Power & Zoom 30HHS vs. ND Filters 31FCS vs. RCS 32Chapter 5 Introduction 334 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash 34Bare Bulbing Done Right 35Grid Snoot + Direct Flash 36Mini Beauty + Direct Flash 37Ring + Direct Flash 38Understanding Modifiers 39Direct Flash + Shutter Flash 40Chapter 6 Introduction 41Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash 42Silver Bounce 43More Light Silver 44Soft White Bounce 45Overhead Bounce 46Overhead Bounce + Fill 47Event Bounce 48Chapter 7 Introduction 49Natural vs. Dramatic Light 50Filling and Refining Existing Light 51Coloring Light for Corrective Effect 52Coloring Light for Creative Effect 53Chapter 8 Introduction 54Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset 55Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset 56Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot 57Case Study 4 - Family Portrait 58Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits 59Case Study 6 - Working Angles 60Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite 61Case Study 8 - Less is More 62The Good Karma Jar 63Favorite Feature Flashes 64Favorite Manual Flashes 65Favorite 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!