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The 5 Most Watched SLR Lounge YouTube Videos In 2015

By Hanssie on December 31st 2015

The last day of 2015…how have you spent the last 364 days; and an even better question, how will you spend the next 365 days? We here at SLR Lounge have spent this year writing, shooting, and producing videos and tutorials (check them out here) and 2016 holds even more of the same! In fact, we’ll be rolling out some pretty cool stuff in the (very) near future to start the year off running, so be sure you stick around.

As we reflect on our crazy busy year, we’ve analyzed our most watched YouTube videos of the year and here are the top 5 for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for brand new content every week!

1. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot

You can use spot metering to get the proper exposure for anything; skin, the sky, an article of clothing, or even a particular part of a scene where there’s beautiful light. Watch the video below or check out this article to learn how.

2. 6 Tips to Understanding White Balance and Color Temperature 

When you’re first starting out in photography, the terms “White Balance” and “Color Temperature” can seem alien and intimidating. Luckily, we have 6 tips for you that explain exactly what they are and how you can use them to improve your photography. Watch the video below or read the article here.

3. Getting The Perfect Shot in 10 Seconds

Pye talks about how he executed the perfect nighttime shot using pre-lighting and a little bit of planning with only a few seconds to work with. Watch the video below and read the article here to see how he did it.


4. 6 Ways to Hold a Camera for Slow Shutter Speeds and Sharp Images

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we need to slow down our shutter speed for a proper exposure. In the video below, you’ll learn six ways to hold your camera so you can get sharp images even with slow shutter speeds. Read the article here.

5. 5 Common Key Light Patterns

The key light can be very simple and very complex. The “Key” or main light is a light that most photographers are quite familiar with. But, often times we forget the reasons or typical uses for each type of key light pattern. In the video below, we will teach you 5 common key light patterns and give you situations and typical uses for each one. Read the full article here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. charles harris

    thanks pye great info like always

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  2. Kristoffer Sandven

    Great info as always – love how thorough all of your videos are.

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  3. Stephen Glass

    Thanks Pye! Yeah it’s such a massive subject. It’s hard to know even where to start other than “get that freakin’ speedlight off your camera!”

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  4. Stephen Glass

    As I reread that it’s only common sense that camera position and light position are relative to each other. I think it’s just the use of “flat” that isn’t descriptive enough to me. If I set up two lights at a 45 at camera height at the same power I have flat light. If I turn the same set up on it’s side we call it clam shell and I have flat light.
    Clamshell is on axis but it’s not at camera position. So it is directional and depending on the ratio can be flat or not flat.

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  5. Stephen Glass

    The lighting video is interesting. He does an amazing job with such a complex subject. It interests me that as photographers we still do not have a common nomenclature because our discipline is so young. So there’s a bit of a rub there and some of it is “you say tomato I say tomahto”. I would point out that “flat lighting” is too vague a term. I think flat describes the effect of a few factors coming together. I would use the term “on axis” or even more descriptive “on axis at camera position”. There’s a book out by Brooks Institute and they describe light position by the coordinates. So Rembrandt and open loop might be 45/45. The difference between Rembrandt (the cast shadow joining up with the form shadow of the cheek) is as much the position of the light as it is a game of inches in posing. But just say Rembrandt and people start making their own distinctions as to what that is.
    It’s a great primer in lighting and I know what he means. But I know what he means because I’m well read and have been at it for a decade. With a dubious dose of PPA critique thrown in. It’s it’s own aesthetic and is useful to a point.
    I guess I’m babbling but what I’m trying to say is that you have the position of the light, and you have the pattern it creates. This is true. but then you have those same variables along with camera position. Then you add to that the complexity of posing just the face. You can get Rembrandt, closed loop, open loop, and split without ever moving your light.
    to say a light is dramatic isn’t so much the lighting pattern as it is the lighting ratio. The distinction is important. I can set up a closed loop/Rembrandt light and have enough fill (passive or active) and relieve the scene of contrast/drama.

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    • Pye

      Thanks Stephen for the comment. Not sure if it was in this video, or the following videos in the course, but after we describe the basic lighting patterns we then go into the movement of the subject position to change light patterns versus the movement of the light itself.

      I agree with all the points you mentioned, for foundational subjects, we try to keep it very simple and straight forward. Which I know isn’t always necessarily inclusive to all technical components, but its the easiest way to carry the meaning to a non-present audience.

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  6. Joseph Ford

    All were fabulous excerpts from SR Lounge of courses. Always good as refresher and review. But nothing beats the actual course.

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    • Pye

      Thanks for the kind words Joseph! We love making them!

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