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Lighting 101

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What Makes Flash Challenging?

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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5. What Makes Flash Challenging?


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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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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. 

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.

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 ...