New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

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Learn Off Camera Flash with Lighting 201

By Pye Jirsa on September 8th 2015

We’re very excited to announce the launch of Lighting 201: Single Source Off-Camera Light Shaping.

What’s in Lighting 201? Find out in the comprehensive trailer below! We made the trailer itself educational and informative, so hopefully you pick up a few things while learning about the course. When you’re ready to purchase, Click Here!

Launch Party Discount: For the first week of launch, use lighting15 upon checkout for $15 off!

Note: If you’re interested in purchasing the bundle of Lighting 101 and 201, please click on the bundle page here. If you’ve already purchased Lighting 101 and you’d like to purchase Lighting 201, please email us your receipt or proof of purchase and we will provide you with a discount code in the amount of the difference between the bundle price and the price you have already paid.

What Makes This Workshop Unique From Lighting 101?

  • Get the Flash Off Your Camera – Lighting 201 picks up right where Lighting 101 leaves off as we will begin to develop on all of our previous techniques in lighting, light shaping, and light modification. In this workshop, we will focus on helping you perfect any scene with only the use of a single off-camera flash.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Lighting Gear – As we move into Lighting 201, we will be dealing with far more gear than we previously have in Lighting 101. This workshop begins by helping  you better understand and master all the different types of lighting gear and technologies. We discuss everything from budget and inexpensive gear to medium and higher quality gear. All the while, we stress that regardless of the type of equipment you use, you can still end up with professional quality results.
  • Advanced Creative Techniques – In this workshop, we emphasize creative light control over corrective light control and show you how to use your single off-camera flash to get interesting new looks to your images. Lighting 201 will teach you everything from backlighting your subjects for creative effect, using light modifiers and DIY gobos to manipulate light, and other techniques to help take your images to the next level.

Purchase Lighting 201 or the Lighting 101 and 201 bundle.

Sample Images for Lighting 201

In lighting 201, we work through the images below (and many more), showing you the lighting set ups, equipment used, model interaction and much more.








Lighting 201 Table of Contents

01. Chapter 1 Intro
02. Welcome to Lighting 201!
03. OCF = Anytime/Anyplace
04. Lighting 101 Speed Review

01. Chapter 2 Intro
02. Wired, Infrared or Radio?
03. “Pocket, Medium, Full Strobe?”
04. Our 3 Favorite Flashes “Pocket Strobes”
05. 4 More Flashes “Pocket Strobes” Worth Looking At
06. Our 2 Favorite Medium Strobes
07. Our 2 Favorite Radio Triggers
08. 5 Simple Steps to Trouble Shooting Radios/OCFs
09. Fantastic ND Filters at Any Price Range
10. Our Favorite “Sticks”
11. Our Favorite Ultra-Portable OCF Light Modifiers
12. 12 Mounting and Must-Have Lighting Accesories
13. Gear Setup – Setting Up a Light Stand or “Stick”
14. Gear Setup – Setting Up a Monopod Light or “Boom Stick”
15. Gear Setup – Setting Up a “Medium Boom Stick”
16. Gear Setup – Setting Up a Manual Flash “Big Boom Stick”
17. Gear Setup – Setting Up a Full Feature Flash “Big Boom Stick”

01. Chapter 3 Intro
02. 8 Steps to Perfecting Each Scene & Image When Using OCF
03. Over Powering the Sun – Part I
04. Over Powering the Sun – Part II
05. Slow Down! Watch the Details
06. More Power Without the Power
07. Adding to Existing Light – Part I
08. Bare Bulbing with Large Groups
09. Black Lighting to Create Interest
10. Getting Crazy with the “Whip Pan”

01. Chapter 4 Intro
02. The Flash Modifier You Already Own
03. The Oh-So Powerful Umbrella
04. Large Group Shots with an Umbrella
05. Exposure Balancing via Lightroom
06. Portable Softboxes – Westcott Apollo
07. More Light Control, Just Grid It!
08. Dusk + Modified Pocket Strobes
09. More Power? Medium Strobes FTW!
10. Perfect it In-Camera. Then Photoshop
11. Adding to Existing Light – Part II
12. Adding or Enhancing Light Direction
13. Our Ideal Group Lighting Technique
14. Incorporating Flares with Flash
15. Cutting Light, Grids and GOBOs

01. Chapter 5 Intro
02. Fog + Flash + Grid = Dramatic Change
03. BYOL! The 3-Light Setup That Only Requires One Light!
04. What About The Fill Light?
05. Backlight + GOBO + Fog = Magic
06. Drawing Attention via Light Shaping
07. Visualizing Light & Color Shifts
08. Mixing Ambient + GOBO w/Flash
09. Better Light Can Change Everything!

01. Chapter 6 Intro
02. Subtle Refinement = Massive Difference
03. Great Light Changes Everything! Part II
04. Manually Triggered RCS + Shutter Drag
05. The Right Power for Each Scene
06. Dodging and Burning via Light In-Camera
07. Subtle Light for Natural Portraits
08. Light Modification & Simple Compositing
09. Expaning Your Photographic Vision

Complete with 10 full hours of education, we teach you how to create stunning images with just a single off-camera flash. This workshop includes everything from us giving you a detailed guide to a variety of lighting gear to taking you on 20 of our own real shoots to show you how to use your flash in action.

Purchase Lighting 201 or the Lighting 101 and 201 bundle.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Alterick Wilson

    Hello PYE, I was wondering what Sigma lens you were using in Lighting 201? Thanks in advance.

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  2. robert s

    there is only a certain level any starting photog can reach without knowing how to use flash. no potog will ever be great without understanding and knowing how to use flash.

    I laugh at those that say “I dont use flash. I like using natural light” no, you just dont know flash so you shoot as it is.

    knowing how to blend ambient light with flash is the most difficult. proper fill flash is true mastery. knowing how to make an image look like you havent used flash is an art.
    I use flash so much that I can see the flash falling on the subject.

    there isnt a skilled pro photog who doesnt know how to use flash.

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    • Raoni Franco

      I really don´t think “there isn’t a skilled pro photog who doesn’t know how to use flash”. That´s just not true man, sorry. Flash is a tool like every other and one can choose to use it or not. If you exchange the word “flash” for “light” i might agree with you.

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    • J D

      I had a local photographer try to talk me down to a potential client saying things like “he needs to use flash to get good photos, how good can he be if he can’t take proper photos without the aid of flashes?” I also had another photographer tell me that they are “a real photographer who doesn’t need to use flash and anyone who does is just compensating to a lack of photographic skill.”

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    • robert s

      using flash or not using isnt relevant. if you dont know how to use flash you (not you) are not good photog. those who know use it when you need to and not when they dont but they know both with or without. you seem to have an anti towards flash. im guessing your experience with flash isnt that great. I dont use it all the time. I use it when I need it. but I know how to use it well. and if I cant get a nice image with natural light, I dont think twice using flash. how to use it is what my point is. not when. and since you said “how good can he be if he can’t take proper photos without the aid of flashes?” that says everything. you use flash when you need to EVEN if you have enough light. you can certainly use flash outdoors in the middle of the day in the shade. you can choose not to. but thats the difference between pros adn those who dont know how to use flash. just look at the last two images posted by PYE. flashed. but done in a way that accentuates the image. youre just making excuses because you dont know how to use flash. you use it when you need to. but know how to use flash is a skill. get the workshop above and stop making excuses.

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      What about the countless photojournalists? I don’t think they carry a flash into war. I think what you are trying to say is that flash photography is an important tool in photography but to say no photographer will be great without it seems an overkill to make your point. I know many portrait photographers who use natural light.

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    • robert s

      @ Kayode Olorunfemi

      they may not use flash but they have it in their bags and know how to use it VERY WELL. PJ work is very fast and usually just entails using it to light something critical. they dont have the time to set up optimum lighting thats aesthetic, like in a softbox or even getting it off camera. they need to use flash cause they have a dark environment and use basic on camera flash. PJ priority is getting the shot. aesthetics is lower on the list. same with weddings. first, get the shot. you always try to do it in an artistic manner but to me getting a shot is more import than perfect lighting/composition.

      were talking about two different things. deciding to use or not, and knowing how to. my point is knowing how to use it. the above poster who commented ““he needs to use flash to get good photos, how good can he be if he can’t take proper photos without the aid of flashes?” does not know about flash lighting. a veteran pro would NEVER say such a thing to another photog because they would understand why he would need it or not. they would talk about the lighting between them and find a proper solution. they would do test images with and without and then see how they can get the proper final image. but to say why he needs it..thats not an experienced photographer.

      most of the times when you shoot outside, the lighting is not optimum (EVEN IN SHADE) and flash/diffusion is a must. even if its just minumum at -2 stops. thats what PYE is showing here.

      just look at the 3rd 5th and 6th image above and the image in the video preview above. clearly more than enough light to shoot naturally. but yet flash is used and it accentuates the final outcome.

      bottom line, no photographer can be great without knowing how to use flash. period. and every high level photog knows how to. weather they use or dont, thats something else. if and when you use, thats the photogs personal decision. but making excuses of “im a natural light shooter because I dont like flash” to me means the photog doesnt know how to use flash. every pro appreciates and uses flash when they need and has no issue technically and knows how to blend ambient light with flash to make it look imperceptible. thats art.

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  3. Cyrille Lauzon

    Purchased lighting 101 and it was great. Love how the tutorials are divided in concise, easy to digest blocs. Looking forward to lighting 201!

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