Basic Lighting Course


FilmSkills Basic Lighting Course
  • 3-month course
  • 12-lessons
  • 3 hours, 50 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Make light another powerful performer in the scene
In theater, actors hear “find your light” which literally means stand in your spot light – actors are nothing without it – TV and Film are nothing without it. Lighting is a character in and of itself – its color, brightness, position, wraparound, and falloff help craft emotion all while meeting the technical demands of the medium.  Understanding light and how to craft it will help you render an engaging world on camera.
In the FilmSkills Basic Lighting Course, go on set with Emmy and Academy-Award-winning cinematographers as they teach you the art and craft of cinema lighting.  Learn the attributes of light and how to control them, how to create low budget lighting options, how to work with color, how to use simple techniques for lighting people, how to approach the lighting of a scene, and how to use the two workhorses of movie lighting – the tungsten light and the HMI, as well as the role of the electric department.
Learn from the best in one of the most comprehensive lighting courses available at the FilmSkills Basic Lighting Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Basic Lighting Course process.

Attributes of Light

 Learn the basic attributes of light and how to craft it to achieve the ideal cinematic look.

Low Budget Lighting Tools
Learn how to use simple, inexpensive lighting tool if you're on a budget or on the road.
How to Build a Light Kit
Learn how to build a light kit.
Color Temperatures

Learn about the colors of different light sources, how they affect the format on which you're shooting, and how to properly compensate.

Working with Mixed Light

Learn how to mix and match light from different color temperatures to achieve the look you want.

Tungsten Lighting

Learn how to work with, operate and trouble shoot tungsten lighting fixtures.

HMI Lighting

Learn about HMI light fixtures, how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot them.

Lighting People

 Learn how to use the three-point lighting system to properly light people.

Lighting a Scene
Learn how to assess an existing location, scene blocking and existing lighting to deterine the best way to light a set.
Learn about the duties and responsibilities of the gaffer.
Best Boy Electric

Learn the duties and responsibilities of the Best Boy Electric.

Learn the duties and responsibilities of the Electricians.


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Harry C. Box

Camera Operator, "Heroes," "Brothers and Sisters," and Author of "The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook"

Blain Brown

Cinematographer, Author, "Cinematography: Theory and Practice" and "Motion Picture and Video Lighting"

John Gresch

Vice President, ARRI Inc.'s Lighting Division

Laura Beth Love

Cinematographer, "Zen and the Art of Senioritis", and "Little Magdeline"

David Stump, ASC

Academy Award and Emmy-winning cinematographer, "A Quantum of Solace", "Flight Plan", "Fantastic Four", and "X-Men"

Dan Riffel

Gaffer, "Iron Man", "G.I. Joe," "Hancock," "Spiderman 3," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Charlie's Angels"

Mike Uva

Key Grip "Nip/Tuck", “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, "Everybody Hates Chris", and author "Uva's Grip Book"

Ron Sill

Gaffer, "Christmas in Connecticut," "Iron Eagle," and "Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby"

Ed Joyce

Gaffer, National Geographic, "Fred and Vinnie," and "Smiley"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Rick Taylor

Camera Operator, "Don Jon", "The Price of Happiness", "Timecode", "Perfect Game", "Team Knight Rider", "Ghostbusters" and "He-Man"

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