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Photography 101

Lesson 28 of 55

Single Shot with Portrait Session


Photography 101

Lesson 28 of 55

Single Shot with Portrait Session


Lesson Info

Single Shot with Portrait Session

Now, what we've done here so far is again, we've placed events back to the light, okay? So lights coming in behind her, but we get beautiful kind of highlights all over the background from the trees, too. The cement will. Whatever we choose to do in this scene, we're going to have beautiful back lining and also gives us the life's little hair light as well. What I need to do is I'm gonna have tony come onto this side tony's gonna actually help me fill light to create a stronger sort of sidelight on her face and just kind of even out the lighting, all right, let's get started right here, and I'm gonna go ahead and do a couple things with my settings in focus mode. I have it on single servo a f for my f area mode, I'm also selecting single point f the reason is, again, I don't want any of these auto area f modes that air kind of choosing based on an area I want to able to sign those things myself, I want to take the control back, okay? So that looks great now all we need to do is get the...

right kind of composition, everything, and I said he'd been up here for another reason, too, we actually have this. Nice tree in the background that has kind of two branches or to route that air going in different directions it's all backlit it looks lovely I'm actually trying to use it to frame our subject so you better why don't have you stand up for a second okay? And I might have you take a step back and I'm gonna see if I liked the stronger hair light on your hair better or the lighter one so go right under the cement real quick okay, so that would be the stronger hair light and it's actually pretty nice and create a good separation there and why don't you bring in that light tony and show what it looks like so bring it all the way in right to the side of her face and just kind of get there you go right there. Okay, so adding as much light as we can right there and then let's check this out so at one, eight hundred of a second and take my first shot and the hair light is a little bit on the strong side but that's okay let's go ahead and try that one more time let's have that come forward out of that direct light so we have a softer backlight so that kind of take a step maybe yeah, like right there's purse okay, I'm gonna take a fairly close up portrait I have eight hundred shutter speed, I'm a little bit on the fast sides. I'm going to slow down just a bit to one six, forty second that looks great. The situations where single shot is really awesome because you're just the subject is static, so it's very easy mode to use, and even if when we say sub biggest static, it doesn't mean that the subject can't a moat or basically give you expressions. They still can't it's just that we don't want her moving forward or backwards. So event, I'm gonna have to give me like a fake little laugh here always haven't do a fake laugh because when they realize how silly it is and then they give me the real laugh right afterwards. Perfect. Give me just a soft smile of the lips. Perfect. I won't have you do, my dear. Now is let's. Lose the jack it real fast. It's actually warmed up a little bit so we can take the jacket off. Okay, so, tony, have you let's have you come out a little bit and I'm gonna have you, um, back up to about there? There you go and then give me that white side. You can see how beautiful this fill light is right there. I'm getting it as much light as we can over here and then we're just gonna put it in the position so you can see how much light we're getting on that. And then even I'm gonna have your chin come down into this side. We're going to step back a tiny bit more let's get a couple more shots here. Beautiful. I'm going to step back a little more because I want to get basically like a three quarter shot. Well, basically, a five shot. We're gonna cut off right at the thighs. We get both your hands in the shot too, so I'm gonna step back just a little bit. I'm on. The eighty five stills have to come back a little bit further. Perfect again one sixty forty of this second, you can see how balanced these shots are as faras the overall highlights. We have a little bit of highlights that are on the cement that are getting blown out, but otherwise our history rams, they look absolutely perfect.

Class Description

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 


  1. Introduction
  2. The Camera is Simply a Tool
  3. How Does a Camera Work?
  4. How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
  5. Exposure Triangle
  6. What is a Stop of Light
  7. Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
  8. Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
  9. White Balance & Color Temperature
  10. No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
  11. How To Measure or Meter Light
  12. 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
  13. Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
  14. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
  15. Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
  16. Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
  17. Starting with Automated Modes
  18. Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
  19. Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
  20. Landscape Mode on the Beach
  21. Sports or Action Mode
  22. Macro Mode with Food Photography
  23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
  24. In-Camera Processing
  25. A Glimpse into RAW Processing
  26. 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
  27. 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
  28. Single Shot with Portrait Session
  29. Single Shot with Action Shots
  30. AI Servo with Action Shots
  31. Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
  32. Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
  33. How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
  34. What Makes a Great Photograph?
  35. How to Capture Candid Moments
  36. How to Find the Right Light Direction
  37. 5 Basic Compositional Theories
  38. The Power of Cropping
  39. Color Schemes
  40. Diving into the Narrative
  41. If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
  42. More About Your Camera and Lenses
  43. Understanding Megapixels
  44. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
  45. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
  46. Prime vs. Zoom Lens
  47. How the Lens Affects Composition
  48. Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
  49. 5 Tips on Memory Cards
  50. 10 Tips on Buying Gear
  51. Conclusion
  52. The Good Karma Jar
  53. Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
  54. Posing and Lighting with Female Model
  55. Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.

Joy Bobrink

I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.