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Lighting 101

Foundation & Light Shaping

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This workshop includes:

  • 9 Hours of HD Video Instruction
  • Over 70 Comprehensive PDF Slides
  • Total File Size: 16.24GB

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master the basics of lighting in under 9 hours

On-Camera Lighting Made Simple and Intuitive

All You Need is
Basic Gear

Amazing imagery doesn't always mean expensive gear. Create professional looking images with just one on-camera flash and basic light modifiers.

It's All in the Technique

Although your gear may be basic, your final images won't be! By focusing on all the techniques shown in this workshop, your mastery of lighting, light shaping, and light modification will result in remarkable imagery.

One Flash, A Variety of Styles

Use your flash for all different types of photography! Learn to light for natural looking imagery (for portraits, family, etc.) and dramatic imagery (for fitness, fashion, etc.)

Dramatic Effects, White Balance, & more

Take full control of your flash and learn to incorporate colored gels and mixed white balance for interesting and creative imagery.

Chapter One

  • Chapter 1 Intro
  • Why Just One On-Camera Flash
  • 5 Reasons to Use Flash
  • Common Flash Myths
  • What Makes Flash Challenging

Chapter Two

  • Chapter 2 Intro
  • Flash-Strobe VS Ambient-Constant Light
  • Flash VS Ambient Light Exposure
  • Flash VS Ambient Demo
  • Flash and Ambient Balancing For Natural Effect
  • Flash and Ambient Balancing For Dramatic Effect
  • Flash and Ambient Balancing For Creative Effect
  • Understanding Flash Duration

Chapter THree

  • Chapter 3 Intro
  • 5 Common Key Light Patterns
  • 5 Common Key Light Patters w Diffusion + Fill
  • 5 Common Secondary Light Patterns
  • 3 Primary Subject Positions
  • Light Qualities
  • The Inverse Square Law
  • Inverse Square Law In Practice
  • Corrective White Balance
  • Creative White Balance

Chapter Four

  • Chapter 4 Intro
  • On Board VS Hot Shoe Flash
  • Full Feature VS Manual Flashes
  • TTL VS Manual Control
  • TTL VS Manual Recycle Times
  • Flash Power & Zoom
  • HHS VS ND Filters

Chapter Five

  • Chapter 5 Intro
  • 4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
  • Bare Bulbing Done Right
  • Grid_Snoot + Direct Flash
  • Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
  • Ring + Direct Flash
  • Understanding Modifiers
  • Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

Chapter Six

  • Chapter 6 Intro
  • Ambient vs Direct Flash vs Bounce Flash
  • Silver Bounce
  • More Light Silver
  • Soft White Bounce
  • Overhead Bounce
  • Overhead Bounce + Fill
  • Event Bounce

Chapter Seven

  • Chapter 7 Intro
  • Case Study 1 – Dramatic Sunset
  • Case Study 2 – Desert Sunset
  • Case Study 3 – Sinister Headshot
  • Case Study 4 – Family Portrait
  • Case Study 5 – Athlete Portraits
  • Case Study 6 – Working Angles
  • Case Study 7 – Drag + Composite
  • Case Study 8 – Less Is More
  • A Final Word From SLRLounge


  • Favorite Feature Flashes
  • Favorite Manual Flashes
  • Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers
David Hernandez
October 24, 2016

Allan Gonzalez
May 5, 2016

Wow! So helpful. I loved this course. I learned so much from it, I'm already seeing improvement in my photoshoots. Super recommended.
damian thompson
October 21, 2015

FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC! a must buy for anyone who wants to start learning lighting. Cant wait to get 201.
Jean-Philippe Thierry
October 21, 2015

It's THE BEST lighting course I've seen so far when you want to start. I was actually getting frustrated trying to jump from start into remote / multiple flashes. It always sounds easy looking at videos on Youtube; far more complex when getting your hands dirty trying it. Starting from one light, with a fixed location and understanding how to build the light pattern you want using reflectors has given me a far better understanding. Definitely worth the money! Looking towards Lighting 201 once I will have gain comfort with one light.
ilyoung lee
October 5, 2015

SimplementeTHE BEST!!!
Arex Ramos
September 22, 2015

Thanks Slr Lounge I already purchased this lighting 101 and it's really awesome and very helpful .
Fabien Theissen
August 21, 2015

Hello folks, I am looking at this tutorial for quite a while now and was just wondering, is this workshop focused on simple flash guns or also strobes? I've got both due to multiple purpose shoots but wanted to use my strobes more often. Thanks
Michael Yuen
July 21, 2015

I was hesitant to purchase this course, especially after having bought other SLR Lounge products in the past and never really sitting down to use or watch them. I decided to buy this anyway and watched it while on a plane flight to Mexico. I have to say -- I learned so much from the first 4 chapters, I was extremely pleased I bought it! It has made me so much more confident with Flash photography, helped me understand why I failed so miserably in the past with multiple flashes, and is a good starting point to get to the next level. As soon as I got home, I set up multiple flashes right before sunset, tried out whatever I still remembered from the courses, and sure enough: the pictures came out much, much better. In 3 weeks, I'll have an outdoor wedding to shoot -- I'll be a nervous wreck since this would be my first one where flash cannot be bounced off any walls or ceiling. However, with what I have learned through this course, I am hopeful that this will be one of my best work yet.
Rick Garcia
June 22, 2015

This class was perfect to refine some of the techniques and knowledge already acquired. It's definitely worth watching and listening as Pye breaks it down to simple understandable language.
Jason Wong
June 19, 2015

Wish i could give 6 stars! I've watched other educational videos on lighting, and i find this was by far, the most informative and entertaining! Amazing work guys! can't wait for lighting 201!
Christian Boecker
May 26, 2015

This is an awesome tutorial full of valid information! I thought I only would go with natural light fotography in the future but this video series changed my mind. It is great what you can do with only one flash and a 5in1 reflector. Pye is explaining everything in an interesting and motivationel way! Keep up the awesome work, Guys!
Scott Skaggs
May 4, 2015

hariri sudin
April 28, 2015

wish i have the money to buy this :(
Mohammed Miah
April 12, 2015

Fantastic video tutorial
James Padin
April 6, 2015

Just purchased watched about 3 hours of video so far and i can say its worth every penny.
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