How to Light Night Interiors: Pt 1

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  18 Minutes of Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Lighting Schematics, and Side by Side Comparison for better instruction    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Lighting night interiors can be very challenging. That’s why this series is dedicated to teaching you how to get that great look you’re aiming for. Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his incredible team will show you where to place your lights, how to match your color temperatures and make your scene look as natural as possible. Learn how get that moody and contrasty look to create perfect interior scenes.

  • How to create a natural look for your night interior scenes.
  • How to match the color temperatures of your sources.
  • Where to place your lights.
  • How  tungsten lighting can be used for moonlight / urban sources.
  • The best methods of exposure when lighting for a dark interior.
  • How to augment existing sources.
  • How to replicate natural sources.


<<<<Matt F>>>Shane, what you are doing here is incredibly cool. I’m viewing your content for use in still photography, not cinematography. Anyone can pick up a camera, purchase a softbox or two and press the shutter button. I feel cinematography stands in stark contrast to still photography. I can’t really know and understand how to light a scene on the level of a professional DP. What DPs and gaffers do is completely esoteric and inaccessible to all but a lucky few who happen to live in the right place or know the right person. Thank you so much for a window into this world. I feel like a lot of photography is lacking lighting nuance, and more still photographers would benefit from crafting light on a CINEMATIC level. Thank you Shane!
<<<Samao>>> This is one of the best lesson and very helpful on my workflow…Thanks master Shane …you are the best..
<<<Myles S>>> This lesson is amazing! Thank you.
<<<Olly B>>> Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees this lesson is so well put together!!
<<<Patrick M>>> Very, very good! This is such good, clear teaching. Tons of value! Very excited!
<<<Richard P>>> Awesome lesson! Perfect pace of information and attention to detail.
<<<Carlos D>>> Excellent lesson!!
<<<Dominik>>>Great lesson!
<<<Broatch>>>Nice lesson! I love the magic of the tape ball
<<<Myles>>>This lesson is amazing! 
<<<Chris>>>This is one of the best lessons you’ve put out Shane! Amazing and love to see you work with your crew. Very informative.  
<<<Richard>>>MORE MORE MORE !
<<<Drazen>>>Excellent. I like the attention that has been put into getting the color temp right on both sides.
<<<Jacob: Awesome!>>> These are the type of lessons I love to see, the bits and making of the complete shot from start to finish.
<<<Jason>>> Great detailed lesson. Each step was logical and explained out audibly and visually.
<<<Chris M>>> Love it Shane!
<<<Jacopo R>>> Stunning!!!
<<<Gary R>>> Perfect Lesson, this is exactly the kind of Lessons I have been wanting to see! Can’t thank you enough Shane!
<<<Jacob W>>> Awesome! These are the type of lessons I love to see, the BTS and making of the complete shot from start to finish.
<<<Samao>>>This is one of the best lesson and very helpful on my workflow…
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Mintesinot 29 days ago

Hey Shane AKA the best Cinematographer! The one thing i didn’t catch is how can we keep the lighting consistency when changing a camera angle on such kind of scene without the light sources being shown?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    27 days ago

      @Mintesinot Hi Mintesinot, I move them my friend, so when you change the angle I move the lights. If I need to look out the window and my moonlight or urban light source is out there then I would slide the brick wall in front of the light so that it hides the stand.

Nagham Osman 25 days ago

This was very helpful. Thank you so much.