Pye Jirsa 

Independant Photographer


Pye Jirsa is a director, photographer and educator. Founder and Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Southern California wedding and portrait photography studio, and SLR Lounge, a photography education website, Pye devotes his time to helping photographers develop their shooting and business skills.

My Courses


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The SLR Lounge Lightroom Crash Course" is the ultimate guide for anyone wishing to quickly master Adobe Lightroom and significantly enhance their photo editing skills. This meticulously designed course allows you to delve into the essential aspects of Lightroom, from basic operations to more complex editing tools and techniques. With the primary goal of transforming ordinary RAW files into extraordinary images, this course is the perfect companion for aspiring and seasoned photographers alike. One of the core strengths of this course is the comprehensive coverage of Lightroom's vast functionality. The "Lightroom 101: Lightroom Crash Course" not only familiarizes you with the essential tools and shortcuts to drive an efficient post-processing workflow, but also provides insights into more optimal ways for image organization and management. It ensures a holistic understanding of the software, positioning you to take full advantage of Lightroom's capabilities. At the heart of the course is a deep dive into the Lightroom Develop Module. This module takes you through a workflow that includes the use of presets, various tools for image processing, and even advanced techniques like batch processing and video file handling in Lightroom. With an emphasis on practical application, the course includes hands-on exercises with RAW files that encourage step-by-step image processing. However, the course extends beyond just mastering Lightroom. It provides a holistic understanding of the overall workflow, including advanced topics like the Lightroom Catalog system and data safety. This comprehensive approach ensures that you are equipped with the knowledge to manage and safeguard your images effectively, whether they are stored within Lightroom or elsewhere. The "SLR Lounge Lightroom Crash Course" goes even further, showing you how to share your work directly from Lightroom. You'll learn how to export your work to various platforms, send images directly via email, and even prepare your images for professional printing. In a nutshell, this course is your one-stop guide to mastering Lightroom in a short span of time. Its hands-on approach, combined with its coverage of the ins and outs of Lightroom, promises a learning experience that is both comprehensive and engaging. Whether you're a beginner seeking to get started with Lightroom or a seasoned user looking to improve your workflow, this course will be an invaluable resource.



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Newborn photography is a special and cherished genre that allows us to capture the beauty and innocence of the earliest days of life. Whether you're an aspiring newborn photographer or a parent eager to document your little one's precious moments, this comprehensive workshop will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to create stunning newborn photos that will be treasured for a lifetime. In this workshop, you'll discover that creating professional-quality newborn photos doesn't require elaborate setups or expensive equipment. With just a camera, a $30 reflector, and the natural light streaming through a window, you'll learn how to capture amazing images that showcase the delicate features and tender emotions of newborns. Led by an experienced instructor, this workshop takes you on a step-by-step journey, guiding you through the entire process of newborn photography. From understanding the fundamentals of camera settings to mastering composition techniques, posing newborns safely and comfortably, utilizing natural window light, and applying post-processing techniques, this workshop covers all aspects of creating beautiful newborn photos. One of the key aspects emphasized in this workshop is the importance of understanding and setting the right camera settings. You'll learn how to adjust aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to achieve optimal results in different lighting conditions. By mastering these technical aspects, you'll have the confidence to capture well-exposed images that highlight the delicate details and textures of the newborn's skin. Composition plays a crucial role in newborn photography, and this workshop provides valuable insights into creating visually pleasing and captivating compositions. You'll learn how to choose the best angles, incorporate props and backdrops effectively, and use negative space to draw attention to the newborn's tiny features. Through practical examples and demonstrations, you'll develop a keen eye for composition and learn to create images that evoke emotion and tell a story. Posing newborns requires special care and attention to ensure their safety and comfort. In this workshop, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to gently position newborns in a variety of poses while maintaining their well-being. From adorable curled-up poses to capturing their peaceful sleep, you'll discover posing techniques that highlight the newborn's fragility and innocence. Lighting is another crucial element in newborn photography, and this workshop demonstrates how to utilize natural window light to its fullest potential. You'll learn how to position the newborn near a window to create soft and flattering light that enhances their features and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Additionally, you'll explore the use of a reflector to fill in shadows and add a subtle glow to the images, further enhancing their visual impact. Post-processing is the final step in the newborn photography workflow, and this workshop provides valuable insights into editing techniques that enhance the overall quality of your images. You'll learn how to adjust exposure, fine-tune colors, and apply gentle retouching to create a polished and professional look while maintaining the natural beauty of the newborn. What sets this workshop apart is its accessibility and versatility. Whether you're using a high-end DSLR or a compact point-and-shoot camera, the techniques and principles taught in this workshop can be applied to any equipment. The focus is on developing a solid foundation in newborn photography, regardless of the tools at your disposal. By mastering the core principles and techniques, you'll be able to capture remarkable images that resonate with emotion and love. By the end of the workshop, you'll not only possess the technical skills necessary to create stunning newborn photos, but you'll also have developed a creative eye and an understanding of the artistry involved in capturing these fleeting moments. Whether you're pursuing a career in newborn photography or simply want to document the precious moments of your own child, this workshop empowers you to create timeless images that will be cherished for generations. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of discovery and learning in the world of newborn photography. Enroll in this workshop and unlock the secrets to capturing the essence of newborns in breathtaking photographs. With the guidance and expertise of the instructor, you'll gain the confidence and skills to create remarkable newborn photos that will serve as treasured memories for years to come. Start your journey into the world of newborn photography today and create images that celebrate the miracle of life.


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