How to Change the Direction Of The Sun For Close Ups

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  10 Minutes of Instructional Video    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  OK, the sun has come around and you now have to use the Natural Sunlight and shape it because you do not have lights.  This lesson is all about harnessing the sun’s lighting power by using mirror boards, reflector boards, 12 x 12 overheads to clean the imperfect light and deliver a beautiful Close up.  Where do I position the mirror and reflector boards, what lighting ratios will you use?  All these questions and more will be answered.

  • How to shape the sunlight when it is too high in the sky for a close up
  • Harnessing the power of the sun
  • Using front light to assist in storytelling
  • The final tweaks of finessing the close up


<<<Ricardo B>>> Smoking set of tutorials on exteriors! So many questions answered. Thanks Shane & Crew.
<<<Mac R>>> Very fantastic Lesson!
<<<Dwane H>>> Such great insight Shane Hurlbut ASC! Thanks again for the great content! It’s so refreshing in the style that you present it too!
<<<Mac>>>That was crazy cool how you went about refunneling the light. Absolutely brilliant!
<<<Michael>>>I loved these series of videos! Both these outdoor lessons and the ones in your living room were extremely informative! I don’t know how you found time to make them while shooting a TV show and spending time with family, but THANK YOU! This is the kind of “hands on” learning I was hoping for when I joined Hurlbut Academy. I’ve already put your gold reflector/ diffusion lighting technique to use on my latest production and loved the result!
<<<Ahmed>>>I am very happy with this lighting series because you are ” killing” all other educators all over the world please keep in doing this . We want all coming playbooks exactly like this , I feel that you are a pilot taking us to fly with you in the sky.
<<<Danny>>>Really appreciate this daylight lighting lessons. It comes right as I am working through this same problem.
<<<Alan>>>Nicely done… !
<<<Russell>>>Absolutely amazing lesson Shane!
<<<Roberto>>>Amazing! Really unlocking some secrets in this outdoor lighting series…
<<<Ken>>>Shane great job, I always learn so much from you.
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stuartjaymes 18 days ago

Hi Shane .. Really enjoyed this lesson and learnt a lot but I have one question. Have you experienced a situation when shooting outside and the actor/actress complained about the brightness of the lights/bounce/e.t.c? Apart from opening up the lens a little more, do you have any suggestions? I ran into this when shooting recently and loved what I was seeing but the actress complained about everything being too bright.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    8 days ago

      @stuartjaymes Hi Stuart, Yes, many actors have this problem with light eyes, usually blue and hazel colors. So going into when you see your actors eye color you can gauge that they might have that reaction. I use light gray bounces to help this. I get light gray seamless paper and coat my bounces with this. It really helps. Here is the light gray I use:

    • Joss    Today

      @stuartjaymes Wow, great question Stuart and a great answer. Thank you Shane.