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Lighting 201

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Gain confidence in full lighting setups.


Lighting 201 builds on 101’s foundational tips on simple, effective exposure techniques. Lighting 201 comprises 10 hours of education on advanced, off-camera flash lighting over nearly 20 different shoots. You will learn just how much can be achieved with just one inexpensive off-camera light source.

In this course, Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge give you tips on how to:

  • Use light manipulation to turn extreme lighting situations like midday sun or the night sky into stunning background imagery for portraiture.
  • Develop a sense of placement strategy in shoots with complex lighting and limited, portable gear
  • Composite images in post-production to achieve the best possible light
Lighting 201 will also help you develop fluency in using the right light modifiers for the job, whether they be speed-lights, strobes or main-lights. 201 also features an in-depth exploration of the mechanics of professional lighting gear and step-by-step walkthroughs of the gear setup for each shoot. Graduate to the next level of exposure mastery with Lighting 201 with Pye Jirsa.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    06:59
  2. 02

    Welcome to Lighting 201!

    03:16
  3. 03

    OCF = Anytime/Anyplace

    06:50
  4. 04

    Chapter 2 Introduction

    05:11
  5. 05

    Wired, Infrared or Radio?

    15:03
  6. 06

    “Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”

    13:23
  7. 07

    Our 3 Favorite Flashes “Pocket Strobes”

    09:27
  8. 08

    4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At

    14:34
  9. 09

    Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes

    12:56
  10. 10

    Understanding Radios Part I: Channels & Groups

    11:04
  11. 11

    Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers

    07:59
  12. 12

    5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs

    15:11
  13. 13

    Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range

    09:03
  14. 14

    Our Favorite “Sticks”

    11:02
  15. 15

    Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers

    19:39
  16. 16

    12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accessories

    12:29
  17. 17

    Gear Setup - Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”

    08:14
  18. 18

    Gear Setup - Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick”

    09:31
  19. 19

    Gear Setup - Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”

    12:16
  20. 20

    Gear Setup - Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick”

    13:30
  21. 21

    Gear Setup - Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick”

    09:41
  22. 22

    Chapter 3 Introduction

    04:12
  23. 23

    8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF

    12:30
  24. 24

    Over Powering the Sun - Part I

    16:42
  25. 25

    Over Powering the Sun - Part II

    12:42
  26. 26

    Slow Down! Watch the Details

    08:32
  27. 27

    More Power Without The Power

    11:03
  28. 28

    Adding to Existing Light - Part I

    10:52
  29. 29

    Bare Bulbing with Large Groups

    14:37
  30. 30

    Back Lighting to Create Interest

    13:33
  31. 31

    Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”

    17:28
  32. 32

    Chapter 4 Introduction

    03:44
  33. 33

    The Flash Modifier You Already Own

    12:05
  34. 34

    The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella

    11:14
  35. 35

    Large Group Shots with an Umbrella

    11:22
  36. 36

    Exposure Balancing via Lightroom

    04:21
  37. 37

    Portable Softboxes - Westcott Apollo

    10:22
  38. 38

    More Light Control, Just Grid It!

    12:54
  39. 39

    Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes

    13:51
  40. 40

    More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!

    12:38
  41. 41

    Perfect It In-Camera. Then Photoshop

    05:23
  42. 42

    Adding to Existing Light - Part II

    12:00
  43. 43

    Adding or Enhancing Light Direction

    11:17
  44. 44

    Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique

    12:58
  45. 45

    Incorporating Flares with Flash

    10:39
  46. 46

    Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs

    10:30
  47. 47

    Chapter 5 Introduction

    03:34
  48. 48

    Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change

    08:56
  49. 49

    BYOL! The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light!

    12:08
  50. 50

    What About the Fill Light?

    12:15
  51. 51

    Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic

    08:36
  52. 52

    Drawing Attention via Light Shaping

    08:30
  53. 53

    Visualizing Lights & Color Shifts

    09:17
  54. 54

    Mixing Ambient + Gobo w/ Flash

    11:37
  55. 55

    Better Light Can Change Everything!

    09:48
  56. 56

    Chapter 6 Introduction

    01:58
  57. 57

    Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference

    11:31
  58. 58

    Great Light Changes Everything! Part II

    11:50
  59. 59

    Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag

    11:30
  60. 60

    The Right Power for Each Scene

    14:24
  61. 61

    Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera

    07:24
  62. 62

    Subtle Light for Natural Portraits

    09:15
  63. 63

    Light Modification & Simple Compositing

    10:16
  64. 64

    Expanding Your Photographic Vision

    11:38

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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93% of students recommend this class.
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  • Colin

    Colin

    January 2016

    Pye is a god. His teaching style is really engaging, breaking down everything you could want to know about each example in a fun yet detailed manner. The course is absolutely jam-packed full of great information and fantastic inspiration. This course, as well as Lighting 101, give not only a perfect foundation for anybody learning about flash from scratch, but also have more than enough tips and advanced techniques in them to help experienced flash users seriously up their game. Cannot recommend it enough.

  • Lê Tiến Đạt

    March 2016

    I'd like to say thank you to SLR Lougne, Creativelive and especially Pye for creating this wonderful Lighting series. Pye has a great sense of humor and he is also a great teacher. He expains everything in tiny details. I love his creativity, all the tips and dedication. Recommended!

  • Karen Ruet

    Karen Ruet

    May 2019

    I'm watching this live and am seriously considering buying this course. I really like the examples and all the information. Pye is super generous and easy to listen to. I also appreciate the talk about gear and am happy that Pye is giving us options for different price ranges. Thank you, Creative Live.

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