Lighting 101

Foundation and Light Shaping

With Pye Jirsa

SLR Lounge brings a new tutorial teaching you the foundations of lighting in photography. This course teaches you techniques to use only basic gear but achieve beautiful lighting results with only one on camera flash.


Welcome to Lighting 101 | Foundation and Light Shaping, the best workshop for teaching photographers, from the ground up, how to use Flash Photography.


  • Amazing Images with Basic Gear – In this entire workshop, we create all the images with just an on-camera flash. 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.



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 Effect

01. 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

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I didn't invest in a flash until recently and this course is perfect to understand what to buy and more important how to use it.
It will take some practice to get more confident but at least I can avoid the biggest mistakes.
If you already work with flash, you won't need this, but if, like me, you just start in this domain, Pye is really a great teacher.

I have had a flash for over a year and a half now. I have gotten some great images using my flash and read a few books on lighting and i thought i knew a lot. Most of the time on shoots i was just guessing and got lucky. I only realize this after taking this course. mind you i am only going through video section 3 i have already learned a lot. Pye has a great camera personality. anytime i find myself saying yeah i know the basics and skip over a few tutorials or books i find myself going back, getting it and learning a lot. That being said, beginner, intermediate this course will help you.