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Special Effects & Mood Boards

Pye Jirsa

SLR Lounge Live Q and A and Image Critique

Pye Jirsa

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28. Special Effects & Mood Boards

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Special Effects & Mood Boards

I have a question about special effects. All right, Nicole re says, can you tell something about the special effects that you use like sparklers, spray bottle and fog? What do you like to use The most I like to use the most. I kind of use everything. It goes back to the mood board, you know, depending on what stuff they put on the move board. That's kind of how we dictate what special effects will be using. But sparklers or different favorite, the led lights thes string lights in front of ah lens are definitely a favorite. You just like a $5 little set of lights that you get granted. This doesn't necessarily work in all types of scenes, like it generally works really well in a reception room where you'd have candles and you'd have lights and you have all that kind of stuff in the background. So when you take a picture with this, it looks like you're shooting through candles and look, it looks like you're shooting through those types of objects. If I just to do it in this room, it would...

just look like an effect that I did on the image right sparkler there. Fantastic for emulating unpredictable flares that will, you know, we use We did this incredible engagements. We showed how to use sparklers and spraying mist over the lands. All these things do something a little bit different. Do we have? I don't know if we have time to, like, actually demo something but five minutes. So I would say check out that class way. But it always goes back to the mood board. What we want to do is make sure that it's cool and also have a single photograph. That's just like, Oh, my gosh, that is the coolest image. And we have, you know, a bunch of those that we did from increible Gators like the one we I freaked out Meg, my producer when I was like, Hey, guys, let's just do this. What if the sun was setting and it was raining and it was coming through and we had this flare coming in? Let's make it look like that, and we actually just made the shot in class is really cool, and it looked like the sun was coming through rain and crazy flair and all that kinda stuff. That's great. It looks awesome. The problem is, if no other image in that entire delivery looks like that, you have, ah, miss number, right? When you try and put that into an album, what, you have a great shot that could go up on a wall by itself. And that's fantastic. But in the story of ah, engagement, it doesn't make sense. So we try and work those things into the scene that we're shooting it. So, for example, if it were raining outside, it was those kind of things, and that would be perfect. I can incorporate that kind of shot, and I do other things similar to it with more flair and more stuff like that that we can make it look like something, I guess, harmonious, something that has continuity to it as opposed just a one off cool image. It's a really great point about sort of your portfolio of work, and a question had come in from mind. Smile. Can you talk a little bit about the mood board? How do you use it to the couple's Make it mind smile has never heard of it. Totally. We'll go through. We cover that in full detail in the class. So let me just say this. If you look at our blogged, everything on our block is dictated by the mood board. So what happens is let's pull up this wedding, for example. Okay, So if you notice when you mouse over one of these images, it brings up a little Pinterest icon so clients can actually go to the site and they can pin things from our site directly to a mood board. We have every single client do this, whether it's a family session, a portrait session, engagement session, wedding, whatever it is. And we tell them just pin images from the block that you feel like speak to you. So when she goes and she pins an image with, you know, the shoes, I know that Hey, she likes detail shots. Or when she pins like she had this shot of another bride up on the on the the mood board was like, You know what? She loves these soft and airy images, and I'm gonna shoot some of those. So this mood board like if they have literally no dramatic images on the mood board, we're not going to shoot dramatic images for that entire shoot. Basically, if they have a lot of mixture, we're gonna do maybe a couple of different types of techniques most clients will have, like, they'll have a little bit of variety in there where they want certain things. Um, like, they're like, I want the epic sunset photos. But I love the sun kissed look. And so we'll shoot them in a way where they're not so far apart from each other. You know? I mean, like, you can shoot an epic sunset, so it still looks natural and bright, and it still works very well with the sun kissed image on the right side of it, you can also shoot it where the sunset looks like. It's really dark and very dramatic, where when you place them next to each other, they don't work together. OK, so I'll actually just to give you a sample of that, um, have one of the This was from shoot to post is that we've done a lot of courses with you guys. Goodness. Okay. This was the shot that we made in studio the sun, the reigning sun kissed Whatever. Okay, this is the sample from that. So maybe go toe full screen. If you look at these images, I mean there, there, there's a little bit of lack of continuity between them. Right? What we say is shoot it in a way that if you know these air going on a spread together, they're shot in a way that's makes sense. So I shot this image because I wanted to have that darker, silhouetted like dramatic shot for myself. But knowing that I shot all of her details with a Brighton area looked previously, I then change the exposure and shot that way as well. So the mood board is gonna dictate kind of how we shoot, how we progress through the day. What kind of a lot of what kind of gear we're taking out, what kind of special effects tools we're using and that kind of stuff to cater their vision. We work a little bit differently than a lot of studios. A lot of studios have a very distinct thing that they do like they just shoot one way. We have a little bit of variety in the way that we shoot

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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