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Lighting 101

Let an expert photographer guide you through the basics and intricacies of lighting, in this helpful, engaging course delivered like a creative workshop.

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Lighting 101 is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed While the DVD package is dated 2024, the individual "lessons," (aka videos) are dated 2015. While principles of lighting aren't constantly morphing, equipment in most people's hands does change, dramatically, in the the span of the last 9 years. This purports to be for everyday photography enthusiasts, but I was almost instantly dismayed to see that every instance of how-to involved an assistant. How many of us have an assistant with us for photos of our family, pets, garden, etc.? Yes, he does stress that the equipment he suggests to use is relatively inexpensive - which he proves. But, I can't get past the need to have someone standing 4-5 feet away with a reflector or bounce screen. Maybe if we all end up with an in-house robot someday, we can have the assistance we need (which won't fuss or complain about the length of time to take a single shot.)
Date published: 2024-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Photography Course – Not Normal TGC Style This is a good albeit odd addition to The Great Courses (TGC) stable of photography courses. I needed this course because I have a digital camera that is smarter than I am and this course showed me how to use a standard hot shoe flash. It assumes I’ve taken a more basic class such as Fundamentals of Photography offered by TGC. First the good. This course teaches important concepts as direction of light, supplementing light sources (such as combining flash and sunlight), Through The Lens (TTL), High Speed Synch (HSS), Rear Curtain Synch, full function flash vs. manual flash, etc. It focuses on using a hot shoe flash either in limited lighting or in sunlight. Generally, it considers portrait or event photography rather than landscape or still life photography. Next the odd. This course is not produced by TGC but rather by SLR Lounge. Although released by TGC in 2024, it was copyrighted by SLR Lounge in 2015. The lectures frequently refer to other courses such as Photography 101, Lighting 201, etc., that SLR Lounge provides but that are not available through TGC. Rather than a series of lectures, normally 30 or 45 minutes long, this course is actually a sequence of 65 lectures of varying length but averaging about 8 minutes long. The lectures are grouped into 8 general topics. This is not necessarily bad but it does require some adjustment. The last 50 minutes are recommendations of equipment. However, since the lectures were filmed in 2015, the recommendations are now somewhat dated. Mr. Jirsa is a good speaker. Rather than speaking from a podium as is standard for TGC courses, Mr. Jirsa sits in front of a screen and a trunk with equipment he addresses in his lectures. He frequently uses videos from actual photo shoots. He even presents eight case studies in which he walks through how he sets up and executes a photo shoot. All of this creates an atmosphere of a hands-on workshop as opposed to academic lectures. There is no course guide in the TGC tradition. However, there is a PDF of the main graphics used by the course. There is no text let alone glossary or bibliography in this PDF. As you can imagine, this course is offered only in video streaming or DVD.
Date published: 2024-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative and fun!!! Pye and his team did a great job explaining the basics of lighting in a clear and enjoyable way. I have been an avid photographer for decades and learned a lot (since lighting was a blindspot). He provides various examples in studio and outside, and contrasts the strategies he uses in each. I particularly appreciated his explanations and demonstrations of various camera shutter options, as well as the flash options and accessories. The program seems to be a handful years old, but I would strongly assume the basic principles remain relevant. This is Creative Live program that I am very glad landed on Wondrium. I have watched others by CL here on Wondrium, e.g., Photoshop and Lightroom, which were also excellent (though a bit dated). I hope Wondrium please adds more CL classes!
Date published: 2023-03-28
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Overview

With Lighting 101, learn all about flash and light modification with the most accessible lighting course available. Here, we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash.

About

Pye Jirsa

I want to give you a good understanding of how many types of situations flash can truly help out.

INSTITUTION

CreativeLive

Pye Jirsa is a lifelong learner who has made a career out of creating frameworks.  These frameworks have helped millions learn languages, develop creativity, master photography, succeed in business, and even improve their communication within personal relationships.

As a founder and partner of SLR Lounge, Pye has taught and inspired thousands of photographers around the world with frameworks that make seemingly complex and intimidating topics simple and approachable. His frameworks have also helped create and scale Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Socal wedding and portrait photography studio composed of a large creative team that shoots over 300 weddings each year, with nearly 1,000 yearly client commissions.  In addition, as the host of the Think Stupid Simple podcast, Pye engages in long-form conversations with smart, successful people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to uncover their stupid-simple frameworks for success and happiness.

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Lighting 101
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Lighting 101

Trailer

Chapter 1 Introduction

01: Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Introduction

1 min
Why Just One On-Camera Flash?

02: Why Just One On-Camera Flash?

Why Just One On-Camera Flash?

4 min
5 Reasons to Use Flash

03: 5 Reasons to Use Flash

5 Reasons to Use Flash

11 min
Common Flash Myths

04: Common Flash Myths

Common Flash Myths

7 min
What Makes Flash Challenging?

05: What Makes Flash Challenging?

What Makes Flash Challenging?

5 min
Chapter 2 Introduction

06: Chapter 2 Introduction

Chapter 2 Introduction

2 min
Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light

07: Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light

Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light

8 min
Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure

08: Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure

Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure

3 min
Flash vs. Ambient Demo

09: Flash vs. Ambient Demo

Flash vs. Ambient Demo

7 min
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

10: Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

7 min
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect

11: Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect

4 min
Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect

12: Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect

7 min
Understanding Flash Duration

13: Understanding Flash Duration

Understanding Flash Duration

9 min
Chapter 3 Introduction

14: Chapter 3 Introduction

Chapter 3 Introduction

2 min
5 Common Key Light Patterns

15: 5 Common Key Light Patterns

5 Common Key Light Patterns

9 min
5 Common Key Light Patterns with Diffusion & Fill

16: 5 Common Key Light Patterns with Diffusion & Fill

5 Common Key Light Patterns with Diffusion & Fill

8 min
5 Common Secondary Light Patterns

17: 5 Common Secondary Light Patterns

5 Common Secondary Light Patterns

8 min
3 Primary Subject Patterns

18: 3 Primary Subject Patterns

3 Primary Subject Patterns

5 min
Light Qualities

19: Light Qualities

Light Qualities

10 min
The Inverse Square Law

20: The Inverse Square Law

The Inverse Square Law

8 min
Inverse Square Law in Practice

21: Inverse Square Law in Practice

Inverse Square Law in Practice

8 min
Corrective White Balance

22: Corrective White Balance

Corrective White Balance

10 min
Creative White Balance

23: Creative White Balance

Creative White Balance

6 min
Chapter 4 Introduction

24: Chapter 4 Introduction

Chapter 4 Introduction

2 min
On-Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

25: On-Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

On-Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

6 min
Full-Feature vs. Manual Flashes

26: Full-Feature vs. Manual Flashes

Full-Feature vs. Manual Flashes

9 min
TTL vs. Manual Control

27: TTL vs. Manual Control

TTL vs. Manual Control

8 min
TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times

28: TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times

TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times

5 min
Flash Power & Zoom

29: Flash Power & Zoom

Flash Power & Zoom

9 min
HSS vs. ND Filters

30: HSS vs. ND Filters

HSS vs. ND Filters

12 min
FCS vs. RCS

31: FCS vs. RCS

FCS vs. RCS

7 min
Chapter 5 Introduction

32: Chapter 5 Introduction

Chapter 5 Introduction

2 min
4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash

33: 4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash

4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash

6 min
Bare Bulbing Done Right

34: Bare Bulbing Done Right

Bare Bulbing Done Right

12 min
Grid Snoot + Direct Flash

35: Grid Snoot + Direct Flash

Grid Snoot + Direct Flash

7 min
Mini Beauty + Direct Flash

36: Mini Beauty + Direct Flash

Mini Beauty + Direct Flash

6 min
Ring + Direct Flash

37: Ring + Direct Flash

Ring + Direct Flash

8 min
Understanding Modifiers

38: Understanding Modifiers

Understanding Modifiers

9 min
Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

39: Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

9 min
Chapter 6 Introduction

40: Chapter 6 Introduction

Chapter 6 Introduction

2 min
Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash

41: Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash

Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash

14 min
Silver Bounce

42: Silver Bounce

Silver Bounce

14 min
More Light Silver

43: More Light Silver

More Light Silver

11 min
Soft White Bounce

44: Soft White Bounce

Soft White Bounce

16 min
Overhead Bounce

45: Overhead Bounce

Overhead Bounce

12 min
Overhead Bounce + Fill

46: Overhead Bounce + Fill

Overhead Bounce + Fill

10 min
Event Bounce

47: Event Bounce

Event Bounce

13 min
Chapter 7 Introduction

48: Chapter 7 Introduction

Chapter 7 Introduction

2 min
Natural vs. Dramatic Light

49: Natural vs. Dramatic Light

Natural vs. Dramatic Light

18 min
Filling and Refining Existing Light

50: Filling and Refining Existing Light

Filling and Refining Existing Light

9 min
Coloring Light for Corrective Effect

51: Coloring Light for Corrective Effect

Coloring Light for Corrective Effect

14 min
Coloring Light for Creative Effect

52: Coloring Light for Creative Effect

Coloring Light for Creative Effect

10 min
Chapter 8 Introduction

53: Chapter 8 Introduction

Chapter 8 Introduction

1 min
Case Study 1: Dramatic Sunset

54: Case Study 1: Dramatic Sunset

Case Study 1: Dramatic Sunset

10 min
Case Study 2: Desert Sunset

55: Case Study 2: Desert Sunset

Case Study 2: Desert Sunset

10 min
Case Study 3: Sinister Headshot

56: Case Study 3: Sinister Headshot

Case Study 3: Sinister Headshot

10 min
Case Study 4: Family Portrait

57: Case Study 4: Family Portrait

Case Study 4: Family Portrait

8 min
Case Study 5: Athlete Portraits

58: Case Study 5: Athlete Portraits

Case Study 5: Athlete Portraits

11 min
Case Study 6: Working Angles

59: Case Study 6: Working Angles

Case Study 6: Working Angles

7 min
Case Study 7: Drag + Composite

60: Case Study 7: Drag + Composite

Case Study 7: Drag + Composite

8 min
Case Study 8: Less Is More

61: Case Study 8: Less Is More

Case Study 8: Less Is More

7 min
The Good Karma Jar

62: The Good Karma Jar

The Good Karma Jar

2 min
Favorite Feature Flashes

63: Favorite Feature Flashes

Favorite Feature Flashes

6 min
Favorite Manual Flashes

64: Favorite Manual Flashes

Favorite Manual Flashes

22 min
Favorite On-Camera Flash Modifiers

65: Favorite On-Camera Flash Modifiers

Favorite On-Camera Flash Modifiers

21 min