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Lighting 201

Lesson 47 of 64

Chapter 5 Introduction


Lighting 201

Lesson 47 of 64

Chapter 5 Introduction


Lesson Info

Chapter 5 Introduction

Welcome to chapter five this would be a good time to give yourselves a little pat on the back there I'm gonna do it again just for good measure now we've gotten through the crux of lighting to one we've covered all the meat and potatoes from here on out. I like that kind of saying covered the meeting tales with gravy maybe, but from here on now it's all about learning toe better visualize your scenes to be able to see what a scene could potentially become by modifying your camera settings as well as the lighting and then in chapter six, we go further to help refine further you're lighting skills to get a better overall image so it's gonna be really fun? We're gonna be showing you a lot of different things. This chapter is all about seeing like an artist, but thinking like a camera it's all about approaching a scene be able to see it for its potential and then being able to understand how to get there or howto work your way into that look by thinking like your camera, so we're going to ...

start us off with fog plus flash plus grid equals dramatic awesomeness we're going to show you how simple things like camera changes to exposure, adding light and introducing fog and was seen could really create amazing overall effects we're gonna talk about b y o l I'll tell you what that means in just a little bit. You have to watch the video to find out the three lights set up the on ly requires one light by then most of us would be at least okay, so we're gonna talk about how essentially we can approach outdoor scenes with one single lady s still be able to achieve a three light look in that scene we wouldn't talk about. What about the film light? What does that mean? Well, we haven't really talked a whole lot about using, you know, fill lights because there's basically already a built in feel like toe every single scene, and we're gonna discuss using that and then we get the lighting three oh one, then, of course, we'll introduce multi light setups where we actually set up our own fill light, but for now, let's use the fill light that already exists. Backlight plus gobo plus fog equals magic. If you don't know what that means, then, well, you just gotta look visualizing light and color ships again, being able to see or be able to predict what is seen is going to look like by kind of visualizing that light shift or the white balance shift if you were too cool or toe warm something in camera. Mixing ambient plus gobo with nash, this is another kind of balancing type set up. We're going to take you back to that fine art boudoir scene and show you another really great image by balancing our ambient with our gobo and using flash as our main light. We're gonna talk about how better light can again change everything, how you can look at a scene and how basically the scene can look really drab and dreary. But how better like and turn that boring scene and something really quite awesome. Now I'm going through this entire chapter, I want you all to be constantly reminding yourself this is all about visualization, meaning I want you all to be able to come out of this thinking what would happen to a scene or be able to predict in your mind what would happen to have seen if I were to adjust my camera exposure darker or lighter. If I were to add more or less flash or change the quality of that light, be ableto visualize and predict to be able to think like your camera, yet being able to interpret a scene like an artist to get to exactly the result that you want, all right, let's, go ahead and get started.

Class Description

Lighting 201 builds on the simple foundational tips on effective exposure techniques found in Lighting 101. 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 the 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. Lighting 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 301 and Lighting 401 with Pye Jirsa.


  1. Chapter 1 Introduction
  2. Welcome to Lighting 201!
  3. OCF = Anytime/Anyplace
  4. Chapter 2 Introduction
  5. Wired, Infrared or Radio?
  6. “Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”
  7. Our 3 Favorite Flashes “Pocket Strobes”
  8. 4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At
  9. Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes
  10. Understanding Radios Part I: Channels & Groups
  11. Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers
  12. 5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs
  13. Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range
  14. Our Favorite “Sticks”
  15. Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers
  16. 12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories
  17. Gear Setup - Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”
  18. Gear Setup - Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick”
  19. Gear Setup - Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”
  20. Gear Setup - Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick”
  21. Gear Setup - Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick”
  22. Chapter 3 Introduction
  23. 8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF
  24. Over Powering the Sun - Part I
  25. Over Powering the Sun - Part II
  26. Slow Down! Watch the Details
  27. More Power Without The Power
  28. Adding to Existing Light - Part I
  29. Bare Bulbing with Large Groups
  30. Back Lighting to Create Interest
  31. Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”
  32. Chapter 4 Introduction
  33. The Flash Modifier You Already Own
  34. The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella
  35. Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
  36. Exposure Balancing via Lightroom
  37. Portable Softboxes - Westcott Apollo
  38. More Light Control, Just Grid It!
  39. Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes
  40. More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!
  41. Perfect It In-Camera. Then Photoshop
  42. Adding to Existing Light - Part II
  43. Adding or Enhancing Light Direction
  44. Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique
  45. Incorporating Flares with Flash
  46. Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs
  47. Chapter 5 Introduction
  48. Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change
  49. BYOL! The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light!
  50. What About the Fill Light?
  51. Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic
  52. Drawing Attention via Light Shaping
  53. Visualizing Lights & Color Shifts
  54. Mixing Ambient + Gobo w/ Flash
  55. Better Light Can Change Everything!
  56. Chapter 6 Introduction
  57. Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference
  58. Great Light Changes Everything! Part II
  59. Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag
  60. The Right Power for Each Scene
  61. Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera
  62. Subtle Light for Natural Portraits
  63. Light Modification & Simple Compositing
  64. Expanding 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.

Lê Tiến Đạt

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!

Karen Ruet

I'm watching this live and am seriously considering buying this course. I really like the examples and all the information. Pye is super generous and easy to listen to. I also appreciate the talk about gear and am happy that Pye is giving us options for different price ranges. Thank you, Creative Live.