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Flash & Lighting

Lesson 60 from: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

Flash & Lighting

Lesson 60 from: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

60. Flash & Lighting

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction

23:32
2

Photographic Characteristics

06:46
3

Camera Types

03:03
4

Viewing System

22:09
5

Lens System

24:38
6

Shutter System

12:56
7

Shutter Speed Basics

10:16
8

Shutter Speed Effects

31:57
9

Camera & Lens Stabilization

11:06
10

Quiz: Shutter Speeds

07:55
11

Camera Settings Overview

16:12
12

Drive Mode & Buffer

04:24
13

Camera Settings - Details

10:21
14

Sensor Size: Basics

18:26
15

Sensor Sizes: Compared

24:52
16

The Sensor - Pixels

22:49
17

Sensor Size - ISO

26:59
18

Focal Length

11:36
19

Angle of View

31:29
20

Practicing Angle of View

04:59
21

Quiz: Focal Length

08:15
22

Fisheye Lens

12:32
23

Tilt & Shift Lens

20:37
24

Subject Zone

13:16
25

Lens Speed

09:03
26

Aperture

08:25
27

Depth of Field (DOF)

21:46
28

Quiz: Apertures

08:22
29

Lens Quality

07:06
30

Light Meter Basics

09:04
31

Histogram

11:48
32

Quiz: Histogram

09:07
33

Dynamic Range

07:25
34

Exposure Modes

35:15
35

Sunny 16 Rule

04:31
36

Exposure Bracketing

08:08
37

Exposure Values

20:01
38

Quiz: Exposure

20:44
39

Focusing Basics

13:08
40

Auto Focus (AF)

24:39
41

Focus Points

17:18
42

Focus Tracking

19:26
43

Focusing Q&A

06:40
44

Manual Focus

07:14
45

Digital Focus Assistance

07:35
46

Shutter Speeds & Depth of Field (DOF)

05:18
47

Quiz: Depth of Field

15:54
48

DOF Preview & Focusing Screens

04:55
49

Lens Sharpness

11:08
50

Camera Movement

11:29
51

Advanced Techniques

15:15
52

Quiz: Hyperfocal Distance

07:14
53

Auto Focus Calibration

05:15
54

Focus Stacking

07:58
55

Quiz: Focus Problems

18:54
56

Camera Accessories

32:41
57

Lens Accessories

29:24
58

Lens Adaptors & Cleaning

13:14
59

Macro

13:02
60

Flash & Lighting

04:47
61

Tripods

14:13
62

Cases

06:07
63

Being a Photographer

11:29
64

Natural Light: Direct Sunlight

28:37
65

Natural Light: Indirect Sunlight

15:57
66

Natural Light: Mixed

04:20
67

Twilight: Sunrise & Sunset Light

22:21
68

Cloud & Color Pop: Sunrise & Sunset Light

06:40
69

Silhouette & Starburst: Sunrise & Sunset Light

07:28
70

Golden Hour: Sunrise & Sunset Light

07:52
71

Quiz: Lighting

05:42
72

Light Management

10:46
73

Flash Fundamentals

12:06
74

Speedlights

04:12
75

Built-In & Add-On Flash

10:47
76

Off-Camera Flash

25:48
77

Off-Camera Flash For Portraits

15:36
78

Advanced Flash Techniques

08:22
79

Editing Assessments & Goals

08:57
80

Editing Set-Up

06:59
81

Importing Images

03:59
82

Organizing Your Images

32:41
83

Culling Images

13:57
84

Categories of Development

30:59
85

Adjusting Exposure

08:03
86

Remove Distractions

04:02
87

Cropping Your Images

09:53
88

Composition Basics

26:36
89

Point of View

28:56
90

Angle of View

14:35
91

Subject Placement

23:22
92

Framing Your Shot

07:27
93

Foreground & Background & Scale

03:51
94

Rule of Odds

05:00
95

Bad Composition

07:31
96

Multi-Shot Techniques

19:08
97

Pixel Shift, Time Lapse, Selective Cloning & Noise Reduction

12:24
98

Human Vision vs The Camera

23:32
99

Visual Perception

10:43
100

Quiz: Visual Balance

14:05
101

Visual Drama

16:45
102

Elements of Design

09:24
103

Texture & Negative Space

03:57
104

Black & White & Color

10:33
105

The Photographic Process

09:08
106

Working the Shot

25:29
107

What Makes a Great Photograph?

07:01

Lesson Info

Flash & Lighting

So, next up, we're gonna get in to a few flash accessories here. So we're gonna talk more about lighting in an upcoming section, but a little word on some of all those additional flash units that you can add to your camera. So if you don't have a flash, we do have little low end, very simple flashes, which are kind of nice, just to add a little bit of fill light straight in front of the camera. They're not very powerful, so I don't really recommend them in most cases. I think the mid-range flash is pretty good for most people who want some versatility and a little bit more power. If you're photographing social events, weddings, things like that, where you need more power, you need to use wide angle lenses where you're spreading the light out more, or you're gonna be shooting a lot of shots where you're gonna be shooting in sequence. The power systems on this are a little bit faster in their recycling time, and they will also have some special effects modes in there, we'll talk a little...

bit about in the flash section, but for most people, I think the mid-range is where you're gonna be looking for a basic flash, but if you really get into it, the advanced ones are very nice and offer a lot of features. If you get any sort of flash, one of the most important things for getting better quality flash is getting the flash off the camera. If you want to do that in the simplest way, you want to get one of the TTL cords, and this is an offshoot cord that allows you to shoot fully automatic with the flash away from the camera, and it's just about as long as you can reach with your hand, or if you want to mount it on one of these brackets here. There's a number of different flash brackets. This is an older one I have, I don't think they sell this one anymore, but it's got a nice wood handle on it, feels good in the hand, and than what it enables me to do is rotate the camera, so the lens stays in the same position, and we'll talk more about that in the flash settings. The flash diffuser is a way for you to increase the light source. I got one of those over here, somewhere, right here, and this one allows me to point the flash up in here. It gets the flash a little bit further away from the camera. It also spreads it out in a slight manner, and so this is gonna get you a little bit softer shadows around your subject's face for instance, and so, I prefer to use this. It decreases the power of the flash, but if I'm relatively close, than power's not the major issue, it's getting a nice soft light, that's important. Very special tool here, this is for bird photographer's in most cases. It's where you want to throw the light in a very narrow beam far forward. I was out at one of our local parks here, Discovery Park, and there was a family of owls there, and this is where a flash helped illuminate these birds under low light in the forest. You're able to get a little (mumbles) light in their eyes, and see their feathers, and them just a little bid better, and you don't have the normal problem with flash with a shadow on the back wall, 'cause there is no wall right behind him, and so you don't get to see those shadows quite the same way, and so that can really help on subjects that are much further away from there. The flash bracket is something that I have found very handy because when you don't have this, when you shoot verticals, the flash gets thrown off to the side, where it looks less attractive. Having the flash top and center in consistent in your photographs will help out, and so these rotating flash brackets can be very, very handy to keep the lens in the right place, and I've shot a few weddings in my time, and I know, you all know about Uncle Bob, hopefully you know about Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob is the Uncle at the wedding, who happens to have a professional DSLR, and wants to take photos, and kind of wants to be the professional photographer there, but when you have one of these devices, Uncle Bob shrinks down and moves away, because there is no doubt when you step in to the situation that you are the photographer in that case, and I know it sounds a little corny, but it works. It works (mumbles). But it also gets you better quality shots, which is the real reason you're using it, and so, getting that flash in a high centered position so it's even for horizontals and verticals, and getting you better light. For those of you who do want to get in to Macro, getting light in close can be a real problem, and so they do make special macro lights that can actually mount on the front of your lens, and when we get in to light, we're gonna talk a lot about distance. How far away is the light from the subject its illuminating? And you'll want to get that light in really close for power reasons, 'cause you need that power in there. So this is how you get the flash as close as possible without getting it in the way of the camera, and so these are available for many of the different lenses that are out in the market.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Fundamentals of Photography Class Outline
Learning Projects Workbook
Camera Keynote PDF
Sensor Keynote PDF
Lens Keynote PDF
Exposure Keynote PDF
Focus Keynote PDF
Gadgets Keynote PDF
Lighting Keynote PDF
Editing Keynote PDF
Composition Keynote PDF
Photographic Vision Keynote PDF

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Love love all John Greengo classes! Wish to have had him decades ago with this info, but no internet then!! John is the greatest photography teacher I have seen out there, and I watch a lot of Creative Live classes and folks on YouTube too. John is so detailed and there are a ton of ah ha moments for me and I know lots of others. I think I own 4 John Greengo classes so far and want to add this one and Travel Photography!! I just drop everything to watch John on Creative Live. I wish sometime soon he would teach a Lightroom class and his knowledge on photography post editing.!!! That would probably take a LOT OF TIME but I know John would explain it soooooo good, like he does all his Photography classes!! Thank you Creative Live for having such a wonderful instructor with John Greengo!! Make more classes John, for just love them and soak it up! There is soooo much to learn and sometimes just so overwhelming. Is there anyway you might do a Motivation class!!?? Like do this button for this day, and try this technique for a week, or post this subject for this week, etc. Motivation and inspiration, and playing around with what you teach, needed so much and would be so fun.!! Just saying??? Awaiting gadgets class now, while waiting for lunch break to be over. All the filters and gadgets, oh my. Thank you thank you for all you teach John, You are truly a wonderful wonderful instructor and I would highly recommend folks listening and buying your classes.

Eve
 

I don't think that adjectives like beautiful, fantastic or excellent can describe the course and classes with John Greengo well enough. I've just bought my first camera and I am a total amateur but I fell in love with photography while watching the classes with John. It is fun, clear, understandable, entertaining, informative and and and. He is not only a fabulous photographer but a great teacher as well. Easy to follow, clear explanations and fantastic visuals. The only disadvantage I can list here that he is sooooo good that keeps me from going out to shoot as I am just glued to the screen. :-) Don't miss it and well worth the money invested! Thank you John!

JUAN SOL
 

Dear John, thanks for this outstanding classes. You are not only a great photographer and instructor, but your classes are pleasant, they are not boring, with a good sense of humor, they go straight to the point and have a good time listening to you. Please, keep teaching what you like most, and I will continue to look for your classes. And thanks for using a plain English, that it's important for people who has another language as native language. Thanks again, Juan

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