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Lighting 101

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About The Class

Flash lighting made simple.


Lighting 101 follows in Photography 101's footsteps. Photography 101 takes students up through Manual Mode mastery and provides a foundation in natural light techniques and modifications. Lighting 101 picks up by teaching all about flash and light modification. But, just like Photography 101, we want Lighting 101 to be the most accessible lighting course available. So we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash. Every image shown and created in this course was created with a DSLR and just a single on-camera hot shoe speed light. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    01:27
  2. 02

    Why Just One On-Camera Flash

    04:23
  3. 03

    5 Reasons to Use Flash

    10:37
  4. 04

    Common Flash Myths

    06:51
  5. 05

    What Makes Flash Challenging?

    04:57
  6. 06

    Chapter 2 Introduction

    01:36
  7. 07

    Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light

    08:19
  8. 08

    Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure

    03:08
  9. 09

    Flash vs. Ambient Demo

    06:42
  10. 10

    Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

    07:11
  11. 11

    Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect

    04:20
  12. 12

    Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect

    07:11
  13. 13

    Understanding Flash Duration

    08:38
  14. 14

    Chapter 3 Introduction

    01:34
  15. 15

    5 Common Key Light Patterns

    08:39
  16. 16

    5 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill

    07:43
  17. 17

    5 Common Secondary Light Patterns

    08:28
  18. 18

    3 Primary Subject Patterns

    05:28
  19. 19

    Light Qualities

    09:57
  20. 20

    The Inverse Square Law

    07:51
  21. 21

    Inverse Square Law in Practice

    08:21
  22. 22

    Corrective White Balance

    10:02
  23. 23

    Creative White Balance

    05:48
  24. 24

    Chapter 4 Introduction

    01:58
  25. 25

    On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

    05:57
  26. 26

    Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes

    09:00
  27. 27

    TTL vs. Manual Control

    08:13
  28. 28

    TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times

    04:43
  29. 29

    Flash Power & Zoom

    09:19
  30. 30

    HHS vs. ND Filters

    12:30
  31. 31

    FCS vs. RCS

    07:12
  32. 32

    Chapter 5 Introduction

    01:38
  33. 33

    4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash

    06:01
  34. 34

    Bare Bulbing Done Right

    11:43
  35. 35

    Grid Snoot + Direct Flash

    06:44
  36. 36

    Mini Beauty + Direct Flash

    06:08
  37. 37

    Ring + Direct Flash

    07:53
  38. 38

    Understanding Modifiers

    09:24
  39. 39

    Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

    09:08
  40. 40

    Chapter 6 Introduction

    01:55
  41. 41

    Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash

    14:28
  42. 42

    Silver Bounce

    14:28
  43. 43

    More Light Silver

    11:03
  44. 44

    Soft White Bounce

    15:41
  45. 45

    Overhead Bounce

    11:40
  46. 46

    Overhead Bounce + Fill

    09:42
  47. 47

    Event Bounce

    12:42
  48. 48

    Chapter 7 Introduction

    01:39
  49. 49

    Natural vs. Dramatic Light

    17:43
  50. 50

    Filling and Refining Existing Light

    08:44
  51. 51

    Coloring Light for Corrective Effect

    13:33
  52. 52

    Coloring Light for Creative Effect

    10:28
  53. 53

    Chapter 8 Introduction

    00:43
  54. 54

    Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset

    09:46
  55. 55

    Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset

    10:04
  56. 56

    Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot

    09:41
  57. 57

    Case Study 4 - Family Portrait

    08:22
  58. 58

    Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits

    11:20
  59. 59

    Case Study 6 - Working Angles

    07:22
  60. 60

    Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite

    08:09
  61. 61

    Case Study 8 - Less is More

    07:16
  62. 62

    The Good Karma Jar

    01:41
  63. 63

    Favorite Feature Flashes

    05:52
  64. 64

    Favorite Manual Flashes

    21:36
  65. 65

    Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers

    21:22

Meet Your Experts

Pye Jirsa

Director, photographer, educator. Founder and Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Southern California wedding and portrait photography studio composed of an incredible creative team that shoots over 300 weddings each year, with nearly 1,000 yearly client commissions. ... read more

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SLR Lounge

SLR Lounge is a free online resource created by photographers for photographers featuring tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, Shooting, Lighting and much more. ... read more

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  • Sid

    August 2016

    The best class for understanding light and lighting there is bar none. Pye is an excellent teacher and the quality of the material provides for a rich and very informative experience. Pye breaks down the fundamentals in easy to digest packets and then elaborates as needed. If there is one class that you watch this is it! Worth purchasing and saving for future use. I would also HIGHLY recommend downloading the saving the PDF of slides that accompany the videos. Again, and can't say it enough, this is THE BEST video to lighting on Creative Live. A must watch for the novice and the expert.

  • George Gan

    George Gan

    August 2018

    Pye...it was well worth your b.tt...Great training. I have learned some key lighting techniques from this training. His voice and training is clear except for his attempt at making jokes and singing...you should hire a new script writer for your Jokes...ha ha ha ha. With that said, if you are not a professional in lighting, you do gain a lot going through this training from front to end. Remember this is lighting 101 so don't expect too much...you want more technical and complexity, wait for Lighting 201, 301 or 401 ...

  • user-cf400f

    June 2016

    AMAZING course. Great information for people just starting out with using a flash and manipulating light. Pye has a great sense of humor so he keeps you interested but still explains everything really well.

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