How to Diffuse Sunlight: Into The Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  14 Minutes of  Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Topdown Lighting Diagrams    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  When shooting day exteriors, you don’t always have the luxury of shooting at your preferred time of day. Sometimes, you can plan for that sweet spot in the sun’s path… but sometimes, with how your schedule is, you have to shoot at high noon and bite your tongue.

In this Lesson Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the steps to combat harsh shadows created from direct sunlight and how negative fill can help get the most out of these scenarios. You will learn which diffusion does the trick, how to bounce light to just kiss the shadows, and how creating a balanced image will go a long way so you can get your lighting just right during times of bright sunlight.

  • How to balance light levels when shooting in broad daylight.
  • How to control sunlight with diffusion, bounces and negative fill.
  • How to apply your sun paths to your shoot schedule.
  • How to create a plan of attack to get the most out of your day.
  • How to use the environment to control light and create cinematic images.
  • How to rig diffusion frames into tight spaces.
  • How to decide what is the right diffusion for top light scenarios.
  • How to mix your diffusion with the environment for a natural looking image.
  • How to orchestrate a camera move with lighting control.
  • How to utilize fog to add texture and shape to your images.


<<<Stor>>> Thank you for really illuminating me (figuratively and literally) about sculpting with light. It took me a while to realize that without shaping light all that camera gear is just useless junk. I tried looking for info in other places but it was either lacking or very basic without going into real life situations (how many times can you read about basic 3 point lighting?)
<<<Carlos>>> Great lesson!
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Cameradan 22 days ago

How far are you placing the Matthews Bounce and 18k’s from the subjects in most cases?