Lighting 201


Lesson Info

Over Powering the Sun - Part I

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.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Welcome to Lighting 201!
OCF = Anytime/Anyplace
Chapter 2 Introduction
Wired, Infrared or Radio?
“Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”
Our 3 Favorite Flashes “Pocket Strobes”
4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At
Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes
Understanding Radios Part I: Channels & Groups
Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers
5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs
Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range
Our Favorite “Sticks”
Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers
12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories
Gear Setup - Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”
Gear Setup - Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick”
Gear Setup - Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”
Gear Setup - Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick”
Gear Setup - Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick”
Chapter 3 Introduction
8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF
Over Powering the Sun - Part I
Over Powering the Sun - Part II
Slow Down! Watch the Details
More Power Without The Power
Adding to Existing Light - Part I
Bare Bulbing with Large Groups
Back Lighting to Create Interest
Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”
Chapter 4 Introduction
The Flash Modifier You Already Own
The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella
Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
Exposure Balancing via Lightroom
Portable Softboxes - Westcott Apollo
More Light Control, Just Grid It!
Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes
More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!
Perfect It In-Camera. Then Photoshop
Adding to Existing Light - Part II
Adding or Enhancing Light Direction
Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique
Incorporating Flares with Flash
Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs
Chapter 5 Introduction
Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change
BYOL! The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light!
What About the Fill Light?
Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic
Drawing Attention via Light Shaping
Visualizing Lights & Color Shifts
Mixing Ambient + Gobo w/ Flash
Better Light Can Change Everything!
Chapter 6 Introduction
Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference
Great Light Changes Everything! Part II
Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag
The Right Power for Each Scene
Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera
Subtle Light for Natural Portraits
Light Modification & Simple Compositing
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.
  • 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.