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How Do You Shape the Light?

Pye Jirsa

SLR Lounge Live Q and A and Image Critique

Pye Jirsa

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Lesson Info

12. How Do You Shape the Light?

Lesson Info

How Do You Shape the Light?

Let's talk about a little bit more light shaping. And I want to talk about something that we do a lot. That is sort of a misnomer. So we talk about how we're getting bounces and stuff from this side. We're getting a bounce from this side. We got that light on that side. I want to mention negative lightings. Attractive lighting. Okay, so this isn't something we typically would think of doing because I don't know why, but let's say that we have a fill light coming on one side, and we want to knock it out. Well, subtracted lighting means that you're going to use the black side of your reflector. And in my mind, this is not done enough. A lot of hands were shooting these scenes that have so much Phil, and we want drama, and we can't get it because everything's being filled in. So if you just watch her face right now, as soon as I bring this up, do you see how it just subtracts out the light from that side? Okay, so we could do it on the left side. Of course, he wouldn't be able to see on t...

hat side. So if I wanted to. What if we could get it every guest and see it? Let's bring this in. I'm gonna bring in our light right here, my monolith. Good. Okay. And then let's have you stand a little bit closer to the monolith. There you go. Okay, So now I'm gonna bring your chin a little bit towards this side. Maybe a little back there you go right there. So we got a really nice a soft light that's bouncing off of this and coming into her face. And let's say that we want this to be a dramatic shot. Well, what we can do now is any light that's coming from just over on this side. We just remove. And so assume that this comes in. Her face has shadow to it. Right. So this is subtracted lighting. We could do the same thing with additive lighting. When we go on, introduce another reflector to fill into the shadow. Just remember one thing. What is the purpose of what we're trying to achieve? Because if we're going on this drama scale, the mistakes that I see are people and in general, people making a lot is that when they're trying to go for drama. They kill their shadows. And when they're trying to go for flattering, they get too many shadows. Did that rhyme or did I just say the same word twice? Dang it not quite.

Class Description

Pye Jirsa and CreativeLive held an open Q&A based on the lessons taught in Photography 101, Lighting 101, and Lighting 201 classes. 

This course includes questions based around the fundamentals of using your digital camera, camera flashes, and the intricacies of posing.  Pye demonstrated with live models and gear to make this a free course that truly benefits your catalog! 


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Pye is an awesome instructor! He explains everything in a way that you understand it. He is a wealth of information. Love all of his classes!! I love Creativelive and SLR Lounge! Continue doing the great work that you do!!

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Pye is an amazing teacher! I've learned so much from him over the years - both in person and through his tutorials. What's even more amazing is that he is able to do it LIVE! He is able to clearly explain complicated concepts through easy to understand lessons. I highly recommend his courses to learn everything from the basics to advanced topics!


Wow! Pye is an awesome instructor! I've learned SO many things - nuggets of gold!