Lighting a Scene As a cinematographer, every time you shoot a new scene, you have to figure out how to light it. With production budgets tight and time limited, there isn’t time to try different approaches. You have one chance to light the set—so how can you make the shot
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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. Whereas previous FilmSkills lessons focus on the tools, this series applies that knowledge to practical, real-world settings. In this comprehensive series, you
Announcing all new cinematic lighting lessons, which visually guide you through lighting tools and techniques practiced on professional movie sets around the world. Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason Tomaric partnered with LEDGO, Arri, and Kino-Flo to produce an intensive, on-set series that demonstrates key lighting tools in visually-engaging video tutorials. Learn how
Are you getting the most out of your grip gear? From clamps to stands, learning how to rig a light or lighting control instrument where you need it, safely, is an important skill in achieving the desired cinematic look. That’s why we partnered with Matthews Studio Equipment to produce an
New Cinematography Curriculum We are excited to announce an all new lesson, Imaging Sensor and ISO. The imaging sensor is the heart of the camera system. It converts light into the electrical signal that becomes the image we see on screen. But understanding how it works and its limitations will help
Getting prepped for a shoot is the first step in making sure your production goes smoothly. We met up with Drew Lauer, cinematographer and owner of Hollywood Special Ops. Drew has worked on over a hundred TV shows, and specializes in slow motion cinematography. In this comprehensive tutorial, he takes
It would make sense that lighting a subject would involve aiming a light at the subject and turning the light on. While this rather direct approach works some of the time, it often makes harsh shadows and creates a very unnatural look, especially when that light is the key light.
The cinematographer, also known as the director or photography (DP) is one of the three key people responsible for the look of the movie. With the production designer crafting the look of the environment, and the director responsible for the actor’s performances in that environment, the cinematographer photographs the action, creating
Summertime is finally here, and so are challenges of shooting outdoors in the harsh summer sun. Although the winter months provide us with plenty of diffused cloud cover to properly expose out actors, the harsh, direct summer sun can be problematic when the light and shadows fall outside the contrast
Over the past decade, cameras have empowered filmmakers with higher resolutions, better optics, and smaller camera bodies, making them easier to carry and use in the field. But, with all the options available, what cameras should you choose? Although larger cameras can shoot better images, smaller cameras are ideal in