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Reasons to Use Flash

Pye Jirsa

Working with Flash

Pye Jirsa

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2. Reasons to Use Flash
Before you can shoot beautiful images with flash, you have to understand the fundamentals of flash photography.


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Reasons to Use Flash

So five reasons to use flash I think it should be just flash is awesome, but that's not one of them flash gives us control of light and there's. Four areas of control that we're getting from flash one is that we get to control the amount. So if something's not bright enough or we want to do whatever way that we can, we can control that, right? Give us control with the direction of light, the control of the quality of light and the color of light. So we can manipulate all of these different components. What does that mean? Well, controlling him out means that we can use flashes of phil just to add a little bit of light to an existing scene. We can use it like how we did to strengthen existing so you can see that this is my model on that very first shot. See if she falls into the background compared to the second shot where she's just lifted out of it a little bit. So we're just strengthening existing light in one particular area. Of course, we all know that we can add flash to a dark su...

bject. We can also use it to overpower the sun, controlling a direction. When we want to improve existing light direction so here you can see their eyes they're like in the shadows we don't have enough light so we need amount and we also don't have a good direction of light so we're just popping this is actually done with an on camera flash we're going to show you that technique just bouncing with right off a reflector and we're getting a really beautiful light directly and adding direction to flat light again if light lacks direction sometimes it can lack interest if you want flat light that's great flat light is beautiful for flattering kind of looks but if you want something more dramatic you can add direction I feel like I've been talking a lot okay good name in hell you alright um there's different qualities of light right and this is the one thing that I do want you to walk away with this note there's no such thing as good or bad like okay there's no such thing as wrong lighting there is a wrong type of light for a look you're going for for example if you want to create very soft a beautiful flattering portrait of somebody you wouldn't do that by adding a hard light into it right so there's no such thing as the wrong light every one of these lights has its purpose we're going to show you how direct flash can look good direct flash like on camera just direct flash but each one of them has a purpose, so soften, diffuse lifer flattering portrait hard light this is hard direct flash speculator light for bringing out features we can also enhance or just modify the existing quality or color of light as well. We'll talk about that right here controlling the color we could do for stylistic purposes where we change a color to send the background. So what we're doing here is we're adding a gel to the camera to send the background into a deep blue while keeping our skin tone on the subject. Very simple techniques here we're using the gel for corrective purposes so you'll notice that their green right there because there's an office building right behind me, that same office building with the whip pan that's right behind me, it puts off green light, so we're adding a gel just tow enhance that existing light just to kind of correct it a little bit, so I know you guys were like, just start shooting already, ok for miss about flash don't listen, they're all faults, flashes difficulties. I put a calculator there by the way because I used to be a c p a I wasn't very good with numbers, I don't know how that ever happened how did it get there four years of schooling and then get licensed and all that stuff don't trust me is a c p, a find a good c p a toe that's. Probably. Why quinton did this so flash is difficult to learn and use, not really there's a couple of basic principles there, and we're going to cover those here. And once you get that, you're going to be good to go flash. Can't look natural, is totally false. You could make flash looks supernatural, supernatural, not like supernatural blake. We have flashes, always awesome. You get what I'm saying. All right, flash photography is expensive and year intensive. Well, there's. Some truth to that. It can be expensive, and it can be more gear intensive than natural light. But then, at the same time, when we show you what we're gonna do with justin on camera flash, you'll realize that it doesn't necessarily have to be. Flash is only need in the dark that's, complete balls.

Class Description

Learn how to achieve professional results during real world shoots, working in less-than-ideal scenes, and with absolutely no time in Working with Flash with Pye Jirsa

Pye has lots of experience shooting in high pressure situations with minimal gear. In this class, he’ll teach on-camera flash bounce techniques that you can use to create 1, 2, and even 3 light setups using simple and inexpensive light modifiers. Pye will also help you add motion to your images and he’ll dive into the basics of off-camera flash so you can take advantage of the additional flexibility and creative options it affords. 

Best of all, you are going to learn lighting from the bottom up. You will see just how powerful the gear you already own can be, while learning about inexpensive stepping stones into the world of off-camera flash.



Not only is this a great class, but Pye is entertaining to watch. I'm a natural light photographer and I wanted to learn more about what a flash could do for me and my business. After watching this class I have not only learned more about flash photography but also learned that it can help boost my photos and create more beautiful photos even for my family clients. Great class I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about flash photography.


Great course, Considering that I am a professional photographer that is always searching for new ways to work and make my workflow more efficient and my work more creative, I find this class to be very helpful and interesting. I already own 3 pocket flashes and I realize that I don't exploit them as I could. It also made me realize that I was more in the «the more gear you buy» mode and not enough in the «exploit your gear and be creative» mode. So for the price, I think it is worth it !

Ali Plantz

"Working with Flash" was a great introduction for learning the basics of using a pocket flash, as well as providing opportunities to explore more advanced concepts related to light and its manipulation. I would definitely recommend this class for anyone who is wanting to familiarize themselves with the how flash can transform your photos and how its control can provide a creative avenue with artistic results.