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Reducing Shadows with a Light Kit

Pye Jirsa

SLR Lounge Live Q and A and Image Critique

Pye Jirsa

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16. Reducing Shadows with a Light Kit

Lesson Info

Reducing Shadows with a Light Kit

This is a very common question when you're starting Teoh use on camera flash or its setting up some lighting, whether it's a little bit off camera to and Victoria says, I have a hard time controlling shadows when I set up my like it. Is there a specific way they should be set up to reduce shadows? So, like when you're trying to get it on a white background and you just see the shadows behind there? So usually, um, let's do this, Let's go. I'm gonna say this when you put up a light. The only thing that's confusing about a flash side getting enough of stand. Um, most people think of this differently than they do that, and that's where the problems come in. And we're trying to show everybody throughout the entire course is that you're not supposed to think of these as two separate things. They're one in the same thing. This just pulses. So the light that we see coming out of this guy, we just see for a split second that light that we see coming out of that guy. It's constant, okay, but it...

's the same exact thing. So when people have a hard time controlling their highlights and their shadows. It's usually because they're not thinking about it in the same way that they would a regular life. Think about this light is the exact same is this light. And so if you place it somewhere, think about is the constant light. If I put this right here, what shadows with this Creating my scene. I just just envisioned the light in your head. Envision that? It's constantly turned on. Where's the light gonna go? What objects will be creating shadows off of it. Okay. And you notice that as we start pulsing, you can see those shadows hitting the wall, right? Okay. So most the time when people say I have a hard time controlling my shadows and my highlights is because they're not thinking of it as a constant light, their thing game is like this pulse thing. And like so all we have to do to control that is adjust the position. Let's say that I don't want to hit these tripods. Okay? The first thing I'm gonna dio is I'm gonna say, Well, I need to bring this over here and let's see if if I'm shooting on this side. And now my shadows air dropping to the left side. Then they're not gonna be my friend. What if they still are? Then we say, Okay, we need a little bit of more light control, right? If this lightest spilling everywhere, the first thing I'm gonna do is go to a zoom. If zooming in my flash to 100 million, it doesn't work. It doesn't funnel enough. I'm gonna go to a grid, and eventually we stop hitting the tripods. Right? So it just comes down to essentially controlling that light, understanding what you're trying to do with it.

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!