Chapter 3 Introduction


Lighting 201


Lesson Info

Chapter 3 Introduction

Welcome to chapter three this is work it's exciting this is where we get a start dancing because that's not really how it okay, that is really high dance actually let's just be honest this is where we're going on and heading out and doing actual shoots and so it's gonna be really fun and exciting were to show you a ton different techniques and this chapter is focused to primarily off camera bare bulb flashed techniques. Now what I want to say at this point is that as you're watching these videos, if you have questions about the gear, the technology, those types of things refer back to chapter two as needed if you have questions on foundation lighting principles, soft light versus hard light, how to diffuse versus crease speculator light ambient versus flash balancing t durations and all that other kind of stuff, which we're going to of course touch on, but we assume that you already are coming into this course with that basic lighting foundation knowledge if not refer back to lighting ...

wanna one because that's where we explained all that in complete detail so let's talk about what we're doing in chapter three we're going to start things off with a steps to perfecting each shot and image when using okay, so what does that mean? Well, basically, whenever we take the flash off camera, we're now introducing another complexity, right? So in lighting one on one, it was all about shooting with on camera flash, so that way we can kind of focus just on manipulating light and so forth. But now, in addition to manipulating that light, we have to kind of worry about all the technology of getting it off camera. But then also, we have to worry about the additional shadows and light and highlights. And so for that I'm going created from these off camera light source is so it creates a little more complexity and to kind of address that in every single scene that we walk through, we're going to give you eight steps to kind of walk through on your chutes to think through the process of arriving at that final image. So that's going to be that first video? Next, we have two videos on overpowering the sun, part one and part two. Why? Because, well, we threw this as the very first video because the question that I get asked most when it comes to off camera flash is how in the heck do you overpower the sun? And usually people don't say that usually say pai mei backgrounds are all white, and my subjects are all well, when I expose for them, the background is white and when exposed to the background, they're dark and so forth this goes back to overpowering the sun and getting enough light in there and we're going to do that starting out just because I think that's what most of you want to know first then we're gonna go to slowing down and watching the details were going to take just a minute to kind of analyse shadows and analyze what makes a scene and how to kind of find, tune and refine your scene. We're to go into more power without the power. This is a little trick compositing trick that we like to use we're gonna demonstrate how we do that adding light to existing life is one my favorite uses of flash is rather than actually modifying light direction or rather than doing anything and changing anything if they're all we're doing is we're amplifying light that's already existing and it creates a really cool effect we're going to bear building with larger groups okay? So bare building meeting that we're going basically used bearable flashes toe light an entire group going to show you howto feather and set those up it's not an ideal type of technique, but it works when you're in a pinch and it's absolutely fantastic later on we'll get into our ideal techniques were going about backlighting to create interest how a simple shot that looks absolutely boring khun look amazing by just turning your flash into a backlight, and then we're going to get crazy with the whip pan. Yeah, I'm just gonna leave it at that, and I'm gonna give you any teaser on what that's about. We're gonna leave it right there. And then what's gonna happen is all. You're gonna jump toe the last video in this chapter just to see what this I know. I know you because that's, what I would do but it's gonna be cool, so that's it for introduction of chapter three. Let's. Go ahead and move to our first video and jump in.

Class Description

Lighting 201 builds on 101’s foundational tips on simple, effective exposure techniques. Lighting 201 comprises 10 hours of education on advanced, off-camera flash lighting over nearly 20 different shoots. You will learn just how much can be achieved with just one inexpensive off-camera light source.

In this course, Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge give you tips on how to:

  • Use light manipulation to turn extreme lighting situations like midday sun or the night sky into stunning background imagery for portraiture.
  • Develop a sense of placement strategy in shoots with complex lighting and limited, portable gear
  • Composite images in post-production to achieve the best possible light
Lighting 201 will also help you develop fluency in using the right light modifiers for the job, whether they be speed-lights, strobes or main-lights. 201 also features an in-depth exploration of the mechanics of professional lighting gear, and step-by-step walkthroughs of the gear setup for each shoot. Graduate to the next level of exposure mastery with Lighting 201 with Pye Jirsa.


1Chapter 1 Introduction 2Welcome to Lighting 201! 3OCF = Anytime/Anyplace 4Chapter 2 Introduction 5Wired, Infrared or Radio? 6“Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?” 7Our 3 Favorite Flashes “Pocket Strobes” 84 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At 9Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes 10Understanding Radios Part I: Channels & Groups 11Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers 125 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs 13Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range 14Our Favorite “Sticks” 15Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers 1612 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories 17Gear Setup - Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick” 18Gear Setup - Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick” 19Gear Setup - Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick” 20Gear Setup - Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick” 21Gear Setup - Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick” 22Chapter 3 Introduction 238 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF 24Over Powering the Sun - Part I 25Over Powering the Sun - Part II 26Slow Down! Watch the Details 27More Power Without The Power 28Adding to Existing Light - Part I 29Bare Bulbing with Large Groups 30Back Lighting to Create Interest 31Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan” 32Chapter 4 Introduction 33The Flash Modifier You Already Own 34The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella 35Large Group Shots with an Umbrella 36Exposure Balancing via Lightroom 37Portable Softboxes - Westcott Apollo 38More Light Control, Just Grid It! 39Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes 40More Power? Medium Strobes FTW! 41Perfect It In-Camera. Then Photoshop 42Adding to Existing Light - Part II 43Adding or Enhancing Light Direction 44Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique 45Incorporating Flares with Flash 46Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs 47Chapter 5 Introduction 48Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change 49BYOL! The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light! 50What About the Fill Light? 51Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic 52Drawing Attention via Light Shaping 53Visualizing Lights & Color Shifts 54Mixing Ambient + Gobo w/ Flash 55Better Light Can Change Everything! 56Chapter 6 Introduction 57Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference 58Great Light Changes Everything! Part II 59Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag 60The Right Power for Each Scene 61Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera 62Subtle Light for Natural Portraits 63Light Modification & Simple Compositing 64Expanding Your Photographic Vision



Pye is a god. His teaching style is really engaging, breaking down everything you could want to know about each example in a fun yet detailed manner. The course is absolutely jam-packed full of great information and fantastic inspiration. This course, as well as Lighting 101, give not only a perfect foundation for anybody learning about flash from scratch, but also have more than enough tips and advanced techniques in them to help experienced flash users seriously up their game. Cannot recommend it enough.

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I'd like to say thank you to SLR Lougne, Creativelive and especially Pye for creating this wonderful Lighting series. Pye has a great sense of humor and he is also a great teacher. He expains everything in tiny details. I love his creativity, all the tips and dedication. Recommended!


An excellent follow up to Lighting 101. 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. As with Lighting 101, this is a must watch class. Worth purchasing and saving for future use. I would also HIGHLY recommend downloading the saving the PDF of slides that accompany the videos. I look forward to Lighting 301 and 401 which are apparently in production by SLRLounge.