Chapter 2 Intro | Transcription

Welcome to Chapter Two. I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking holy crap Pye, this is a gigantic list. Wait, that sounded funny, holy crap Pye, is that kind of like a crap pie. I don’t know. That kind of sounded funny. Anyway, you’re thinking holy crap, that is a gigantic list of videos and I would agree with you. This is a gigantic list of videos. For the second time, let me just tell you that Chapter Two is meant to be a reference chapter. What does that mean? That means your first time watching this video series I want you to kind of watch until you basically get tired of watching videos on gear.

Just watch a few of them, glance at what’s in this list, which we’ll going to talk about in this video and then go on to Chapter Three, Four, Five, Six where we’re shooting. Then as we get into that shooting, if you have questions on gear setups, about technology, about anything like that, reference back to Chapter Two as needed. We didn’t want to include Chapter Two as a bonus chapter and then throw it at the end of the course, why, because well basically, we would jump in directly in the shooting and many of you would have no idea that the bonus chapter had all the gear contents.

We wanted to put it up front so at least you guys see it but you don’t need to watch it in one sitting. Again, it’s not meant to be marathon style watched. If you do watch it marathon style, send me a text or a message or a Facebook message, I don’t care. Send me something and tell me how you liked it. I’m going to say, did it drive you batshit crazy? You’re going to be like, yeah, kind of. Can I say a thing like batshit crazy? Bashes? All right, so let’s talk about what’s going to be involved in this chapter. Whenever we are taking the flash off the camera, this is going to require more gear.

That’s why Lighting 101 was all about leaving the flash on camera, because to teach you the foundation of lighting, we didn’t need to take the flash off the camera and also, it introduces a lot of additional complexity, which that’s what Lighting 201 is for. The very beginning of Lighting 201, we start talking about the different technologies in wired infrared or radio in getting the flash off the camera. We talk about kind of the benefits of each of these. We talk about pocket vs medium vs full strobes and kind of the differences in this terminology and what makes up these different flashes and kind of what they’re good for, basically.

We talk about our three favorite pocket strobes. Basically our three favorite small flashes that we like to use the most and then we give you four more flashes or four more pocket strobes that are great options if you are on a budget. Well actually, two to three of them are great options. The other one’s kind of just an honorable mention, I guess. We have our two favorite medium strobes. These are medium powered strobes that we’re going to be talking about, giving you options on the full featured side, on also on the manual side.

We’re going to show you our favorite radio trigger, so when you are using manual flashes, we’re going to give you our two favorite radio triggers that we like to use for firing flashes. We’re going to give you five simple steps when it comes to troubleshooting radios and off camera flashes. Why? Because well, we’re all going to be in situations where your off camera flash doesn’t fire and we have five simple steps to basically narrow down the problem and to fix it while you’re on your shoot. Then it’s on to fantastic neutral density filters at any price range.

We’re going to cover our favorite sticks. Sticks are simply stands, tripods, monopods, we call them sticks. We’re going to talk about, well, our favorite ultra portable OCF light modifiers. All are the typical light modifiers that we’re using when we’re looking for kind of ultra portable modification. We’re going to go into 12 mounting and must have lighting accessories. That’s kind of a big deal because these are really small pieces of gear that you want to have in your toolkit just to make it simple to modify lighting. I’m going to set this flash down. I don’t know why I’m still holding it right now, to be honest.

Next we’re going to go into gear setups. We have setting up a light stand or a stick. This is the basic, most typical kind of gear setup. We’re going to go into setting up a monopod light, or what we call a boom stick. Then we’re going to go into setting up a medium boom stick. I love the word boom stick. What’s betting than a boom stick? A big boom stick. Gear setup number four is going to be a manual flash big boom stick and then we go into a full feature flash. Big boom stick. You can see, we have quite a bit of gear to cover and that’s kind of the beauty of the lighting series, is that in Lighting 101, we really focused more on foundation principles and light shaping.

Lighting 201, we get to build on that by bringing in all the gear into it. Once again, just as the sub subtitle says, don’t try to shotgun this chapter all at once. We’d highly recommend against it, but in case you do, send me a message on Facebook or something and say Pye, I shotgunned it and I’m going to be like, yeah, did you like it and you’re going to be like, no. I wanted to kill myself. That was a lot of information all at once. I said, yeah, I told you so. Don’t be that guy. Just go onto the next video.