In this course, Mark W. Gray teaches the fundamentals of portrait lighting, including standard three-point lighting setups, how to light for specific subjects, and how to deal with the challenges of location shooting. He shows you the effect of big and small lighting changes, including angle, intensity, and color temperature. He discusses the various types of lighting equipment available, providing both professional options and affordable options. Mark also demonstrates how to go beyond the standard setup to achieve a variety of outcomes.
- Lighting fundamentals including shape, quality, color, and direction
- Understanding when to implement specific lighting techniques
- Controlling the quality of light
- The basic 3-point lighting setup
- Shooting outdoors and controlling sunlight
- Understanding color temperature and making correct color choices
- Finding budget-friendly lighting solutions
- Staging your shots for maximum quality and minimum effort
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi I'm Mark W. Gray. I've been a cinematographer for shooting film and video for over 20 years. I've shot action movies, reality shows, documentaries, dramas, everything. But this course is meant to teach you the fundamentals of lighting. And how they apply to what you're usually going to be shooting, people. The basic scene we'll be doing in this course, is the interview. That is the talking head or the close-up. These are the shots that make up the vast majority of almost any film or video project. But the fundamentals you'll learn apply just as well to anything else you might be shooting.
Now I don't want you to get intimidated by the equipment or the lingo. This course is gonna make sense to you if you're a beginner but it'll still deepen your understanding of film lighting. If you've already had some experience shooting. If you need more info on the basic lighting equipment we're using for this course. Make sure to take a look at my other course, video lighting and grip basics on the library. And if you're not ready to spend a bunch of money on professional lighting geared for your own kit yet, don't despair. I'll be covering some homemade solutions and shoestring techniques in this course as well.
But regardless of the lighting tools you use, the same fundamentals apply. Let's get started.