Shaping And Controlling Light

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  5 minutes of movie clips for Instruction

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Five things define cinematography: Your composition, your style, your camera motion, your placement of lights, and how you create shadow. In this article we dive deep in the art of shaping, controlling, and creating contrast in your creations.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his 25 plus years of experience takes you step by step through his thought process of painting with light. What tools are required and the necessary first steps are discussed in detail. Shane’s concept of lighting in layers and showing how the use of flags and light control devices can change your image immediately and enhance your cinematic quality which gets you noticed.

  • How to shape light and create contrast
  • How to create shadows
  • How to use the correct shaping tools to increase your speed
  • How to create window light and the etiquette that is required
  • How to shape soft sources to give you ultimate control
  • How to shape hard light and the use of it to help your emotional story
  • How to light in layers and add levels of contrast to create a more cinematic look


<<<Shaun Caffey>>> Outstanding! My lighting game has gotten much better with your help. I was able to knock one out of the park 2 weeks ago on a commerical. And tomorrow I am being asked to a meeting to see how the same production company can get me more of the work that I am looking for. I have been in the game for a long time, I switched positions a while back so the lighting is what I have been studying for the last 2 years. I am so glad I found the inner circle. Thanks, Shane! and your team!
<<<freddy>>> Thanks for the simple “window” analogy and terminology lesson. In one Lesson you managed to demystify this magical thing called light.
<<<Rob>>> Terrific Lesson!!
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