Intro to Lighting for Film & Video

Intro to Lighting for Film & Video


Cameras perceive light differently from our eyes, but by learning to create, modify, and control light —you can take your images to the next level. Cameras need more light to produce a quality image than you might imagine and this course will teach you the nuances of light and shadow so you can properly plan your next shoot.

The biggest favor you can do for yourself is to prepare and plan properly. Through hands-on exercises, this workshop will introduce students to professional lighting techniques and equipment specific to video and film production.

Students will examine traditional cinematic lighting values and how they can be applied to their video work without hiring the gaffer with a grip truck while working with an array of industry professional gear in-house. We also offer students real-life tips and tricks for low-budget lighting in the field and inexpensive lighting equipment that you can buy at a hardware store so that your video can look its best.

Topics covered include: 

  • Lighting Vocabulary: what is what? 

  • Differences between various cameras and how they capture and manipulate light 

  • Quality of light and creating depth

  • Lighting for different styles and situations 

  • Working with natural light 

  • 3 point lighting with various lighting kits

  • Simple and small footprint for simple and small productions

Are you looking for Advanced Lighting for Film & Video? Both Intro and Advanced are strategically scheduled for students new to lighting to have the chance to sign up for both and take advantage of the scheduling for success!

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INSTRUCTOR: Cordelaine (Corey) Kline is an Austin based filmmaker and digital arts teacher. Kline is currently making a romantic comedy web series called Jim the Jerk. Kline works as an Assistant Camera/2nd AC on 3 within the film industry, in addition to multi-media projects for freelance clients. Kline graduated from the University of Iowa Cinema Program.


INSTRUCTOR: Luke Adams is a local filmmaker and Austin native. Luke graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, where he focused on cinematography and live action 3D production. Luke currently freelances in Austin filming music videos and working on indie film sets as a DP and Gaffer.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those interested in learning both the technical and creative aspects of lighting for film & video, learning more about cinematography, or those working towards their Digital Video Certificate.

PRE-REQUISITES: none; all levels welcome! Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.

CERTIFICATE: DVCP required course. 

SUPPLIES: all included

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.

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