Professional Cinematography: On-Set Lighting TechniquesView all courses
- This course is open for 12 weeks
- 9 lesson series
- 2 hours, 53 minutes of video
- Emmy-winning instructor
- On-set virtual training
Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason Tomaric goes on set to block, light, and shoot 9 sample scenes, methodically walking you through every step of how to achieve professional cinematic results. From blocking the scene and configuring the camera through setting up the lighting, you will experience every step of a professional cinematographer's process, identifying and addressing common on-set challenges, choosing the right equipment - all to achieve a professional on-screen result.
Whereas previous courses focus on the tools, this course applies that knowledge to practical, real-world settings. In this comprehensive series, students learn a variety of skills and techniques.
- How to choose the lens, plan the camera movement, and set the frame
- How to identify exposure and color problems
- How to gel windows to balance brightness of sunlight with production lights
- How to effectively use white balance and color temperatures to achieve the desired color palette
- How to shoot a night scene while producing a clean, solid image
- How to use a waveform monitor and false color
- How to use a light meter to determine contrast
Scene 1: Interior Counter Top - Daytime
Learn how to address exposure issues when shooting on location with windows, how to gel windows, balance exposure, and create natural, motivated lighting.
Scene 2: Kitchen Table - Nighttime
Learn how to shoot dialogue scene between two people at night, on location. Covering both his and her shots, this tutorial guides you through the blocking, composition, and lighting decisions behind creating a cinematic night scene.
Scene 3: Interior Bathroom - Daytime
Shooting in a small, confined space like a bathroom creates a range of production challenges, which we systematically address in this engaging tutorial. From a simple bathroom to a dramatic shot, learn how to achieve the desired look on set.
Scene 4: Interior Bedroom - Daytime
Learn how to create a sculpted light in a bedroom interior during the day. In this lesson, learn how to balance exposure between the subject and outside sunlight, all while creating a cinematic look.
Scene 5: Living Room - Morning
In this on-location tutorial, learn how to create a morning light on a nighttime set. From working with haze and creating volumetric light, we will teach you how to block and light for a cinematic look.
Scene 6: Kitchen Table - Daytime
One of the most common scenes in a student production is the interior dialogue scene. Learn how to address exposure issues when shooting on location with windows, how to gel windows, balance exposure, and create natural, motivated lighting.
Scene 7: Bedroom Dialogue - Nighttime
In this tutorial, learn to shoot a realistic night scene that achieves the desired emotional tone, all while producing a clean, noise-free image.
Scene 8: Living Room - Nighttime
In this lesson, learn how to light and shoot a scene with practical light fixtures, how to enhance the light so it is motivated, and how to bring the outside into the latitude of the camera