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Lighting 301

 

Lighting 301

 

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Master multiple off-camera flash setups for dramatic portraits.
  • Control light with flash modifiers such as softboxes, grids, and gels.
  • Master creative techniques like creating silhouettes anywhere, pin lighting. your subjects, backlighting rain, creating starbursts with diffraction, and much more.
  • Use various tools in Adobe Lightroom Classic to enhance the images created using the lighting techniques taught in this course.

ABOUT PYE'S CLASS:

This workshop is all about using multi-point lighting setups to consistently make any location look great and help you capture dramatic, creative portraits that will wow your clients every time.

Building on the skills learned in Flash Photography Crash Course, Lighting 101 and Lighting 201, we’re going to explore a variety of multi-point lighting techniques and look at different ways to further refine the way we light a scene. We’ll start with light stacking to create depth in our portraits before introducing rim lighting, backlighting, and other creative effects and applications. Then, we’ll incorporate motion into our environmental portraits via shutter drag and show you how to create composite images that would otherwise be impossible to capture. 

We’re going to demonstrate these techniques using a variety of highly portable lighting gear and modifiers. You’ll also find “power translations” with each lesson so that you can know the exact power settings used and recreate the same light using any flash or modifier that you already own. Follow along and see how we crafted all of the images featured in this course, from shoot to post, and learn how to fully realize your vision and bring it to life with your camera. 

The next class in this series is Lighting 401, where Pye teaches photographers how to create every natural light effect with flash, including golden hour, soft window light, and direct sun.


WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Photographers with a basic understanding of flash photography who want to elevate their lighting skills
  • Those looking to boost their creativity when shooting on-location
  • Any photographer who wants to stand out from the competition

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Lightroom Classic 2019

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction: Lighting 301

    In this segment, Pye provides a brief overview of the content and sets the expectations for the course.

  2. Two-Light Stacks for Portraits with Depth, Pt. 1

    Pye demonstrates the concept of light stacking, using a two-light setup to add depth to a scene and create dramatic, painterly portraits. After the shoot, Pye takes the images into Lightroom and Photoshop and shares editing techniques to arrive at the final composite.

  3. Two-Light Stacks for Portraits with Depth, Pt. 2

    Pye builds on the techniques from the previous lesson and shows how to incorporate natural light into the shot. Pye also compares an image captured using a single light source to one captured using two light sources to clearly show the impact of adding an additional light source to chisel the subject out of the background. Post-production instruction is also included in this lesson.

  4. Two-Light Front and Back Classic

    Pye shares a classic, go-to two-light setup that is quick & easy to use and consistently produces great results. Pye also stresses the importance of choosing dark vs bright backgrounds when backlighting subjects. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  5. Two-Light Environmental Backlighting

    Pye demonstrates how to light the background while also using a second light source to wrap light around the subjects. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  6. Double-Diffused Main with Added Rim Edging

    Pye shows how to use a scrim to open up a light source and create softer light. Pye also uses a second light source as a rim light to add detail to the subject as well as other objects in the scene. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  7. Dramatic Light with Wide Vs. Closed Apertures

    This video demonstrates the difference between having a wide or shallow depth of field in portrait, as well as how to post-process a shot captured with an ND filter vs. one capture without it.

  8. Two-Light Pin for Two Subjects

    Pye focuses on light placement while using a two-light setup to individually pin light two subjects. Pye also notes how a standard zoom lens can be used to great effect when capturing portraits. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  9. Two-Light Pin with Ambient Shutter Drag

    Pye expands on the two-light setup covered in previous lessons and incorporates a shutter drag to add a layer of complexity and create a more dynamic, environmental portrait. Pye then demonstrates how to create a composite in post using the images captured for this lesson.

  10. Hollywood Two-Light for Subjects

    Pye starts with a traditional two-light setup often associated with old Hollywood studio portraits and then adds a second shot to create a unique double exposure. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  11. Double Backlight for Environmental Portraits

    Pye covers a double backlight technique that works especially well with environmental portraits, especially when shot at night or in situations where the ambient light is pulled down for the purpose of creating dark and dramatic portraits. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  12. Backlighting Rain & Particles

    Backlighting and rain work together like ingredients in a recipe for success, and Pye shows how to make the most of this combination. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  13. Double Backlight with SFX Flare Midday

    Pye uses dark ambient exposure and a double backlight setup to rimlight models under midday sun. With a little help from his trusty spray bottle, Pye also adds a bit of special effects magic into the shot.

  14. Shooting Through the Foreground

    Foregrounds with specularity can add visual interest to a portrait while also drawing attention to the subjects. Pye explains this concept in detail with several examples captured during a wedding reception. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  15. Three-Point Starburst Lighting Setup, Pt. 1

    Pye shares a three-point lighting setup for creating dramatic images that feature a starburst lighting effect from flashes used to backlight the image. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  16. Three-Point Starburst Lighting Setup, Pt. 2

    Pye builds on the concepts covered in the previous lesson, but this time he brings the light sources in closer to the subject to create a slightly different effect. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  17. How Gels Manipulate Ambient Light

    For the purpose of serving as a reference guide, Pye demonstrates the effects of using colored gels to manipulate ambient light color.

  18. Three Favorite Gels for Ambient Light Manipulation

    Pye uses concepts covered in the previous lesson to create four images, three of which feature his favorite gels to use for manipulating ambient light color (the fourth image does not use a gel to provide a baseline image for comparison). Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  19. Background Lighting for Portable Silhouettes

    For this setup, Pye turns the lights away from the subjects to create a portable silhouette. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  20. Three-Point Lighting within a Portable Silhouette

    This technique builds on the previous lesson and includes additional light sources to light the subjects. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  21. Background Light Compositing

    This technique marries an understanding of lighting with a grasp for creating composites. Pye places the camera on a tripod to create a unique, double exposure-like portrait. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  22. Wrapping Background Light

    Behold the (lighting) power of a bright, neutral-colored wall. Pye uses such a wall to wrap light around his subjects in one shot and as a baseline to create a double exposure in another. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  23. Lighting and Framing within a Shadow

    Pye uses one light to create a shadow and a separate light source to chisel the subject out of that shadow. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  24. Nighttime Vs. Day in a Single Exposure

    Pye builds on a concept popularized by Sam Hurd and creates what looks like a double exposure in one shot, all thanks to a bit of creative ingenuity and a trusty ND filter. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  25. Flashed Double Exposure - Adding Scene Elements

    Using a double exposure technique to create otherwise impossible shots, Pye combines a photo of a light fixture in a parking garage with a backlit image of two subjects. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

  26. Flashed Double Exposure - Layered Vs. Clean Textures

    Pye captures and compares double exposure portraits using layered and clean background textures. Post-production instruction is included in this lesson.

Reviews

Jackie Stewart
 

Lighting 301 is excellent! I learned so many new techniques throughout the class. Pye Jirsa is brilliant at explaining new lighting techniques in such an easy to understand way and his mastery of Lightroom is amazing!!! Loved the class and can't wait til implement the things I learned!!!!

Dani
 

I love the Lighting (101-201-301) courses; I have finally understood the concept of lighting and how it works. I have been referring to my notes and go back to all the courses with ease. One of the best courses I have done for myself and my biz; I am so impressed with my work and the lighting I can create.

Funfotog
 

Pye is a great presenter and is able to make understanding light easy. Now to practice and master the concepts taught. Thank you.