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Lighting 101

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Why Just One On-Camera Flash

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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2. Why Just One On-Camera 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

Why Just One On-Camera Flash

Okay, so let's start from the top. Why are we using just one on camera flash? How does that actually make sense when we're trying to learn lighting one? A one. Well, here's the thing. Is that a typical workshop approach that we have over here on the left? They usually start with expanding your gear. Okay, meeting that. Basically the base. This foundation is learning all of this different type of year that we have. We have on camera flash, we have off camera flash, radio triggers and cables and and all sorts of flash modifiers and so forth. And it's extremely difficult when you're just trying to learn lighting to have to learn all of this year all the same time. And it really will end up slowing you down because, well, you don't really know what does what as of yet. Then, from there they would go into saying you're in a refiner images. You're gonna put a key light here in a fill light. Here you go. And do this and companies amazing, fantastic commercial images. But here's the problem. A...

lot of these workshops start with, like, say, $10,000 worth of lighting year now, for most people, that is completely inaccessible just to start. Okay, Most of you are not going to go out and is by all this gear And if you do buy all that gear well, by the time you learn your style and you learn what type of photography you like to do, you're gonna end up with so much gear that you're not gonna use that it's really just a gigantic waste of time and money. So when it comes to refining remains, how would you do that? How would you start by learning all this gear and then trying to refine your images to look like these commercial images that these people are coming up with? It makes it inaccessible. Practicing the principles becomes a smaller part of these workshops. You basically watch what they're doing, and there's no way for you to get out there and to be actually doing it on your own. Because again, the products in the gear and everything that are using is not accessible to most people. And all through this they're trying to teach the foundation of lighting. But really, in the end, it becomes focused primarily on gear and the foundation of lighting ends up being this little tiny piece of the pie, which really it should be the opposite. So this is kind of our workshop approach were basically flipping it upside down. We want to start by learning the foundation of lighting, because once you've mastered lighting, understanding gear comes incredibly simply. I mean, it's basically learning smaller flashes and moving to bigger flashes and adding more modifiers and so forth. But knowing the foundation of lighting is is, well, the foundation. Once you get that part, everything else is going to come very naturally from there. We want you to practice the principles. Now, if I show you on camera Flash, and I saw you had to use a $20 reflector or whatever modifier to make an image that becomes very accessible. Most of you will already have this gear in your tool kit. You have an on camera flash. If you don't have the modifier. It's easy to spend 20 bucks to buy it, and you can go out in practice What we teach right away this makes things accessible. This makes it so you can go out and test these different lighting principles and see it in real life. And what this allows you to dio is to refine your imagery. The best way toe learn lighting is to get out there and practice guys. You can't learn it by simply following a workshop or reading a book. You have tow, watch these principles, watch the tutorials and then go out and do it on your own by using such simple gear and makes it easy to go out and do it and to refine your imagery. Now, once you've refined your imagery and you're coming out with great professional images and you're seeing the limitations on what you're able to do, that's when we would say to expand your gear. That's when we get in the lighting to one where we take that. The flash off the camera. We're getting lying We're using constant lights, large studio strobes and so forth. But at that point it becomes so simple because all you have to dio you already know the foundation of lighting. All you need to do is just learn one extra piece of year and how to modify it, and that's that simple. It's gonna follow all the same principles that we're covering inside this workshop. So we're gonna create fantastic images inside of lighting one a one, and we're gonna do it all with your on camera flash, which is gonna allow you all to focus on the actual lighting techniques that we're using, how to modify, how to shape, light and create amazing images, regardless of the gear that you have.

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 ...