Professional Cinematography: Lighting Tools and Techniques

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  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 14 lesson series
  • 5 hours, 3 minutes of video
  • Emmy-winning instructors
  • Certificate of Completion



Light is everything. Your choice of the color, softness, brightness, and the position of the light source is the difference between an amateur product that pulls the audience out of the moment, and a professional look that engages the imagination of the audience.  In the Professional Cinematography: Lighting Tools and Techniques Course, you will learn about the attributes of light and how to control them. In the next group of lessons, you will learn color theory, how the camera sees color, how to match and contrast differing colors of light, and even how to cheat and compensate for in-camera effects.  Next, learn how to work with Tungsten, HMI, Kin-Flo, and LED lights –the work horses on the movie set.  In one of the most valuable lessons, learn how to light people and make them look spectacular on camera.

This incredibly comprehensive course is taught by almost a dozen leading Hollywood filmmakers including Academy-Award winning cinematographer David Stump, Vice President of Lighting at Arri, John Gresch, cinematographer and author Blain Brown, Gaffer and author of “The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook,” Harry C. Box, the gaffer of Battleship, Cowboys and Aliens, Iron Man 1 & 2, The Mummy, Hancock, SpiderMan 2, & 3, and Charlie’s Angels, Dan Riffel. and Hollywood Key Grip and author of Uva’s Grip Book, Mike Uva.

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