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New Workshop! Lighting 101 | Foundation and Light Shaping

By Pye Jirsa on March 30th 2015

Welcome to Lighting 101: Foundation and Light Shaping! Join us on dozens of live shoots, as we teach you the foundation of flash photography and light shaping. We show you how to modify and shape light to achieve a variety of effects, using imagery from fitness shoots, couples portraiture, in-studio headshots, outdoor fashion shoots and much more. (Click here to Purchase). Take your photography to the next level by gaining a full understanding of flash photography!

Lighting 101 Intro Video

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What Makes This Workshop Unique?

  • Amazing Images with Basic Gear – In this entire workshop, we create all the images with just an on-camera flash and inexpensive lighting modifiers. This allows us to focus on the foundation of lighting, light shaping, and light modification.
  • Focus on Techniques, Not Gear – All you need for this workshop is a camera, on-camera flash, and basic modifiers. This makes it the most accessible workshop on the market for learning flash photography. If you happen to have or want more lighting gear, then this knowledge will serve as your foundation, giving you full control in creating your exact desired look.
  • Slides Included – We include all of the PDF slides for you to review and study after watching the workshop. This should solidify your understanding and get you ready to continue on to Lighting 201, where we start to use multiple flashes.
  • Variety of Styles Created – We teach you how to create a variety of looks, from natural looking imagery (for portraits, family, etc) to dramatic imagery (for fitness, fashion, etc).
  • Creative Techniques – We teach you how to use mixed white balance and different colored Gels to create interesting and creative imagery.

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Lighting 101 Sample Images




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Lighting 101 Table of Contents

Table of Contents

01. Chapter 1 Intro
02. Why Just One On-Camera Flash
03. 5 Reasons to Use Flash
04. Common Flash Myths
05. What Makes Flash Challenging

01. Chapter 2 Intro
02. Flash-Strobe VS Ambient-Constant Light
03. Flash VS Ambient Light Exposure
04. Flash VS Ambient Demo
05. Flash and Ambient Balancing For Natural Effect
06. Flash and Ambient Balancing For Dramatic Effect
07. Flash and Ambient Balancing For Creative Effect
08. Understanding Flash Duration

01. Chapter 3 Intro
02. 5 Common Key Light Patterns
03. 5 Common Key Light Patters w Diffusion + Fill
04. 5 Common Secondary Light Patterns
05. 3 Primary Subject Positions
06. Light Qualities
07. The Inverse Square Law
08. Inverse Square Law In Practice
09. Corrective White Balance
10. Creative White balance
01. Chapter 4 Intro
02. On Board VS Hot Shoe Flash
03. Full Feature VS Manual Flashes
04. TTL VS Manual Control
05. TTL VS Manual Recycle Times
06. Flash Power & Zoom
07. HHS VS ND Filters

01. Chapter 5 Intro
02. 4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
03. Bare Bulbing Done Right
04. Grid_Snoot + Direct Flash
05. Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
06. Ring + Direct Flash
07. Understanding Modifiers
08. Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

01. Chapter 6 Intro
02. Ambient vs Direct Flash vs Bounce Flash
03. Silver Bounce
04. More Light Silver
05. Soft White Bounce
06. Overhead Bounce
07. Overhead Bounce + Fill
08. Event Bounce

01. Chapter 7 Intro
02. Natural vs Dramatic Light
03. Filling and Refining Existing Light
04. Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
05. Coloring Light for Creative Effect01. Chapter 8 Intro
02. Case Study 1 – Dramatic Sunset
03. Case Study 2 – Desert Sunset
04. Case Study 3 – Sinister Headshot
05. Case Study 4 – Family Portrait
06. Case Study 5 – Athlete Portraits
07. Case Study 6 – Working Angles
08. Case Study 7 – Drag + Composite
09. Case Study 8 – Less Is More
10. A Final Word From SLRLounge

01. Favorite Feature Flashes
02. Favorite Manual Flashes
03. Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers

Sample Slides

Included in the purchase are 74 high-resolution slides for you to review and use for learning. These slides detail technical terminology like “flash duration” and “white balance” and serve as a visual representation of concepts like “5 Lighting Patterns for Portraiture” and “Balancing Flash and Ambient Light.” Below are a few examples.




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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    I can´t wait to purchase this course and advance my lighting skills and take it to the next level.

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  2. Alexandra Verville-Paris

    According to the trailer, this course seems very interesting!
    Should I buy an hot shoe flash before purchasin these tutorial?
    I am not sure was is the best.

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    • Hitesh Patel

      not necessary, i am watching it completely to see what I rather buy. Lots of good information in there which can always be rewatched after you what you want/need.

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  3. Tim Bambrough

    I would like to see a class that deals with flash when used in things other than portrait photography. I have seen many classes offered for flash for portrait photography but I never see a flash class for shooting things like interiors or products. There is so much more to use a flash for. I guess I will continue to read books and practice.

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  4. Andy Gonzales

    I purchased this series on Sunday and I can truly say I have no regrets. I highly recommend it, it has nothing but great info.

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  5. Greg Silver

    That’s probably the BEST intro video to a course I’ve ever seen. Top notch!

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  6. Hitesh Patel

    just bought myself a copy, great videos and will hopefully remember what is being tought

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  7. Sparkle Hill

    I am only a few chapters in and I am LOVING this workshop! Highly recommend!

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  8. Kenneth Hoegh

    Looking great from the trailer, Photography 101 was really great, with humor, and great tips and easy to understand teaching, so looking forward to this one, because the Flash kinda scares me It’s more luck than Skills, when I get a great picture with flash :)

    Btw. is the Camera man still happy to change the angles during Pye’s talking.
    I laughed a bit when I saw Pye talking to the camera and then suddenly the Camera was at the side of Pye, while he was still talking :)

    It’s no critique, just something that made me laugh a bit.

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  9. Amanda Jehle

    I just downloaded this yesterday! I can’t wait to get started. I learned so much from the Lightroom course & I’m sure this course will be no different.

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  10. Joe Follest

    Hello Pye, this looks like exactly what I’ve been waiting for. In your video though, you don’t say how many hours the Lighting 101 course is. How many hours to watch in total?
    Thanks for all your help

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  11. Sal Chan

    Can’t wait to buy this! : )

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  12. Gregory Mink

    I purchased this “Awesome” video series. I have not had this much fun learning about lighting, since watching the Dean Collins videos back in the day, ha, ha. This could be the “Best” lighting video yet. Looking forward to Lighting 201, 301, and 401. Thank you Pye and the team at SLR Lounge for putting together an “Awesome” product.

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  13. Graham Curran

    This looks like a cool course.

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  14. Santosh Ojha

    I have been waiting for this. Thanks Pye!

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