Lighting 201

Lesson 27/64 - More Power Without The Power


Lighting 201


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More Power Without The Power

More power without the power when I know at this point you're probably thinking pie what's up with all these trick names I like trick names, electric titles and I like titles that rhyme it's just me all right, so in this tutorial we'll be showing you is basically this simple compositing techniques that's totally gonna change the way that you approach your chute in the way that you light because what this simple compositing allows you to do is it allows you to capture an image that would otherwise really not be possible because we're going to place the light in parts of the scene that we really can't reach unless we composite let's take a look because I know that's kind of confusing to hear so well I'm going for in this scene is I have my couple and I've placed them onto this rock and I want to give this beautiful reflection in this tide pool the other thing I want is I want a very deep depth of field I want everything this image to be sharp I want a lot of depth of field because we hav...

e a lot of these rocks and the tide pools in the background everything looks gorgeous so I want to shoot this at eleven okay now immediately I know that at eleven and shooting this wide as I am I'm going to have issues when it comes to adding light to the scene why because we know that aperture also controls are flash power just like it controls the ambient light right so we're cutting down and the light were also cutting down the flash power that means that we need to be firing basically at full power and have the flash is fairly close to the subject too real to get enough light onto the subject but we're shooting wide so how the heck did we get the flashes if we were to place the flashes out here even with two three four five flashes were not going to be getting enough light reaching them why because of the inverse square law our light is falling off because of the distance do from the flashlight or the light itself to the subject but then if we bring him closer than they're going to be in the frame so here's how we do this we place the camera onto a tripod and this is a component that well I'm not going to say that it's absolutely necessary but if you want this to be a simple composite if you want to save time if you want to make this basically a five minute composite job versus eh thirty minute composite job use the tripod yes you can do it hand held by taking two shots and so forth but it's going to require you to kind of a line layers and so were you understand what I mean in just a second now what we're doing, we have the camera placed on a tripod. We've selected our composition, we have our subjects in place, compositional attributes we used at eleven for depth of field and to chop down the ambient light. We want a more dramatic ambulance this scene because I want to just see the only thing I want to see in this scene is just the subject. I want to see the reflection of the subject in the water, the color of the sky and the water and that's it I want to kill, like kind of all the detail in the rocks and so forth, just cause I think artistically it looks interesting in this image sink. I know that at eleven and at the time of day that we're shooting at I mean, we're down to a shutter speed of one tenth of a second, okay, so we're far below a sink speed of one, two hundred second, our sink is a okay ambient light exposure. Well, we're at one where f eleven were at one tenth of a second is a one hundred and that's again for that more dramatic look and we actually took a test shot at one fifth of a second and I decided to pull down the annual liketo one tenth. So just so, you know, like we got to one tenth because with my test shot, I felt like it was too bright still, I wanted to subject to kind of pop out and just have everything drop down a little bit more with the light direction we place the light in a way that it kind of matched existing light in this scene. Now we had the option to put the light on the other side. The only thing was if I would have placed the light on the other side of the couple, most likely it would have flattened out the couple too much, and since we're shooting it from such a far distance, we can't really see the detail and either their faces that much, so I'm not too worried about leaving a little bit of shadow on the girl side, but you'll notice that the the angle to the subject is not sick stream as it was in previous shots where we're shooting from a much heavier angle because we weren't worried about the guy's face being the shadow here. I'm still a little bit concerned with that, so we just don't have the light coming from too much of a distance, ok, so we take our test shot. We decide to go to one tenth of a second white balance looks great naturally kind of warm we're at five point five k kelvin we don't need to do any gel you anything like that I like the way it looks although now looking at this scene I think it would actually look cooler if we gel this and we pulled everything down so is more blue but that's just an afterthought whatever. All right, so we have our subject in place now we pose we frame we shoot we've already done all the framing and everything that we do our pose and then we take the shot and everything is great. We analyzed to make sure our shadows and highlights are good we'll shoot a different variety of poses that once we have the exact look that we want, you'll notice here the top shot to get the lights with enough power we're using too vivid are twenty five h visa again use a loo in pro or a foe takes metro's or one of the other flashes that we recommend if you're using a manual flash and you're using to them stacked rather than using two pock wizards grab a splitter cable splitter cable a pug well pug pug into both of these would be an awesome word if it was a work hey will plug into both of your limit pros and you can use one single pocket was there too fire them both and stack both these flashes, but at the time, I didn't even have this splitter cable had I used what I had to park, whether that too vivid tars so we're just using that I'm having my lighting assistant actually hold one on a stick and hold one next to it and like side by side just so we could do this quickly. Ok, so obvious issue here. Well, here's, our final shot and, uh, our lady assistant is standing right there. Obviously that cannot be a final shot if you're lighting assistant is in the middle of shot, but whether you have your letting listen there, whether you just place the flash is there on stands, whatever you've done, all you gotta do is this you take one shot once you have the pose and everything you want set up, you get that shot right afterwards, you just turn the flashes off and remove the flashes from the scene, so you just get the assistant to take the flat is out and pop off the second shot. The couple doesn't need to be doing the same thing because you don't really you're not concerned about the couple right there all we're doing now, the only thing that we need to be concerned with is making sure that this shot and this shot were captured close together in terms of their time why? Because we're shooting at dusk and at dusk your light is changing every minute, so if we even allow thirty second between these shots without modifying our settings most likely this would be significantly darker than this one, so all we need to do is just make sure that we're taking the two shots quickly in succession like within you know, twenty to thirty seconds of the life doesn't change dramatically if the light does change, you need to balance them out in post production. So with these two shots we have a little example where all we do is we take them in the photo shop we stack them into layers and with a simple mask we just paint where are lighting assistant is to reveal the layer below so we just show this layer where are assistant wass ok, now the key there is that both the exposures of the same they have to be the same and that's why we always shoot manual it's why we recommend taking these within thirty seconds each other so that the exposure's don't change so if you want to get a couple different angles are sorry a couple different poses that the best thing to do is to pop a shot have the assistant come out, take the plate this is called the place shot for the scene, so we take the plate bring the light back in due another pose. Bring the light back out. Take another plate. That way your plates are matching the shots that have the basically the the exposure of the pose in it. So that way, it's less work on the post production side. Now can you do this if you're exposures air off? Yes, if it's not off by too much. Okay, what you'd end up doing is just adjusting exposure and light room with the images side by side making sure that they match and then layering them in photo shop and masking and painting out. Can you do this with the images handheld? Yes. Okay, again, this is more of an advanced photoshopped lightning. This this takes all of one to two minutes to photoshopped. Okay, if I were to do this hand held and I have been in situations where I don't have a tripod on me, so I'll do it hand held. I'll use all the techniques that we've taught in photography one on one and how to hold the camera and so forth we'll take the two shots to the best of our ability, keeping the compositions identical, we're taking the photo shop, we have to align the layers and manipulate a little bit to kind of get them to balance and everything, and then we do our masking so it's twenty to thirty minutes worth of work at times to get the same result as one to two minutes of work if you are on a tripod and if the exposure's match so what are we trying to teach? You were trying to teach you workflow were trying to teach you techniques that are very doable thatyou can do consistently and not spend forever from the computer fixing it. All right, so tips let's, go ahead. Okay, so we talked about how basically shoot and after the shot, we basically remove the lights and we capture the plate image shoot the lid shots and the play image within a short period time. We already talked about that tip number to prevent camera shake by using a cable release or the two second timer. So when you're on a tripod rather than using your finger to trigger both those shots, if you have a shutter release it's even better because you're not gonna get any shake it all otherwise used the two second timer I've gotten so used to doing this that I'll use my finger, so when you you know when you feel comfortable and confident with it, yeah, you can use a finger and if something a little bit off, you can fix it in a photo shop, but that's kind of the ideal technique is to use the cable release okay. In light, even now, the exposure that they don't match in photoshopped layer both the images and master paint back. Okay, so this is what we refer to as simple compositing. And this allows you to do whatever you want with your life. Right? Because you could essentially place the light source all the way right next to the subject. You could move it out to here. You can place it anywhere in the scene. Now, of course. Does this slow down the speed of a shoot? Yes. This will slow down the speed issue because to get a single shot, you might spend five to ten minutes on something like this. But it allows you to capture images that would otherwise be basically impossible, right? Because we, even if we put the lights out here, even if we had five lights, we'd have to snoot. Every single one of them would have tto make sure the lights are pinned directly to the couple. It very, very difficult and cumbersome to do this without this type of a technique. So use this technique and think about it and let it kind of expand your vision and open up your mind into what's possible. Okay, as long as you have a tripod as long to keep things steady and you keep the frame exact, you keep your explosion exact. You can place that light exactly. We want. Capture one image for the couple in the pose. Capture the second image for the plate, pop him in the photo, shopped at a simple mask and just paint out to remove your lighting year or your assistant. That's it for this tutorial ahead to the next one.

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.