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Lighting 401

 

Lighting 401

 

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Use portable flashes & modifiers to simulate natural light on-location.
  • Re-create golden hour without depending on the sun.
  • Use fog and flares to create an atmosphere and enhance the existing light.
  • Use Flash for advanced in-camera dodging and burning.
  • Mimic window light with flash.
  • Use creative backlighting as the main light.
  • Create realistic sun flares with Flash.

ABOUT PYE'S CLASS:

One of the most common misconceptions about flash photography is that flash makes an image look unnatural. In this flash workshop, the fourth in the lighting series, Pye Jirsa, teaches photographers how to create every natural light effect with flash, including golden hour, soft window light, and direct sun. These techniques, combined with the knowledge you gained from Flash Photography Crash Course, Lighting 101Lighting 201, and Lighting 301, give you full mastery of flash photography and full control of the light in any scene.

Photographers are constantly faced with unexpected lighting challenges. A client may want the golden hour look after the sun has already set. Weather conditions can delay or move your shoots. You may want a natural window light look in a room without windows. The list of potential challenges goes on and on, and being able to adapt to unexpected changes in lighting is a critical skill set for a professional photographer.

The workshop works through nearly 20 scenes from start to finish, showing you how to set up and light each scene. We also provide you with over 50 exercise files so that you can work alongside us in post to achieve the final look. In addition to learning how to light and capture the images featured in this workshop, you’ll also learn how to post-produce the images in Lightroom and Photoshop to get to the final look.

Just like Lighting 301, this workshop includes “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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Photographers with a basic understanding of flash photography who want to elevate their lighting skills.
  • Those who prefer the look of natural light but don’t want to limit their shoots to certain hours of the day or depend on specific weather conditions.

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Lightroom Classic 2019
Adobe Photoshop 2019

Lessons

  1. Enhancing Existing Light with In-Camera Dodge and Burn

    Pye demonstrates how to use off-camera flash to dodge and burn in camera and help lift a subject out of a scene without having to make too many adjustments in post. Pye then jumps into Lightroom to share an efficient way to finalize the image.

  2. Portable Window Light Anywhere

    Natural window light that passes through sheer curtains can create an amazing soft light source for portraits, but it depends on the sun, which limits when you can use it. To eliminate this dependency, Pye walks us step-by-step through the process creating our own window light using off-camera flash and a modifier, and he does this at night in the middle of an alley! Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  3. Larger Portable Window Light, Pt. 1

    Pye builds on the concept covered in the previous video and amplifies it to create an even larger portable window light. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  4. Larger Portable Window Light, Pt. 2

    In this lesson, Pye uses the same light setup as the previous video, but he changes his angle to create an entirely new look. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  5. Direct Window Light

    Pye uses a GOBO to simulate a pattern on the wall that resembles the look of direct window light. The pattern helps add a lot of shape and dimension to the image. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  6. Perfect In-Camera Flares with Compositing

    Pye follows the natural light direction in the scene and adds a flare to enhance the existing light. Then he shows how to create a composite in post to get to a perfect balance of light in the image.

  7. Convincing Environmental Backlight

    Through trial and error, Pye demonstrates what to do and what not to do when adding a convincing environmental backlight. One of the biggest takeaways here is learning how to not overdo it when using this technique. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  8. How Atmosphere Affects a Scene

    Pye uses Atmosphere Aerosol to create a short case study on the effects of atmosphere on environmental lighting.

  9. Enhancing Existing Light

    Pye builds on the previous lesson and uses a three-light setup to create his own sunlight and simulate what the scene might have looked like if it were in the perfect place at the right time of day. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  10. Enhancing Existing Light with Flare

    Pye makes slight adjustments compared to the previous lesson to show how impactful small changes can be when using these lighting techniques. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  11. Backlighting as a Main Light

    We don’t often think of using a backlight as a main light source, but in popular golden hour photos, this is exactly what photographers are doing. This two-light technique may require some trial and error before mastering it, but the authentic look and feel of the final image will make the effort worthwhile. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  12. Backlighting as a Main Light with Smoke

    Pye brings in colorful smoke bombs to build on the concept of using atmospheric elements to change the look and lighting in our portraits. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  13. Midday Hard Sun with Godox

    In a dark alley at night, Pye demonstrates how to create controllable midday sun while capturing an action shot. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  14. Midday Hard Sun with Profoto

    Pye explores the concept taught in the previous video, but this time he looks at the effects of using gels and he tries a different brand of lighting gear. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  15. Light and Airy Afternoon Backlight

    No direct sun for bright and airy portraits? No problem. Pye demonstrates how to create your own. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  16. Late Afternoon Indoor Backlight

    Pye uses a backlight to enhance existing light in the scene and give it a bright and airy boost. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  17. Shooting Golden Hour Hard Light

    Pye shows how to recreate golden hour lighting and use perpendicular angles to create striking, hard light portraits. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  18. Working with Artificial Flares

    Pye dives into creating flares with a golden hour style and explores different looks in this style. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  19. Golden Hour Environment

    This lesson extends the concept of recreating golden hour to include an entire (large) scene. Post-production instructions are included in this tutorial.

  20. The End

    Pye signs off and invites students to join the Master Lighting + Off-Camera Flash Group by SLR Lounge on Facebook.

Reviews

Neville
 

Jye is an exceptional teacher and these videos really breakdown the construction of great lighting techniques. Enjoy the dry humour throughout. Well worth watching for even experienced photographers as there are lots of tips and tricks here.

Funfotog
 

Kyle made Pye's work look simple. I learned a lot of new ideas and was reminded of some that I had forgotten about. I'll be reviewing 201-401 again with the practice images.