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When working outside, the sun can be your greatest asset or your greatest challenge.  This module teaches you how to craft sunlight to create properly-exposed images every time.  Learn how to shoot at high noon and avoid cavernous shadows under your actors’ eyes.  Learn how to use both professional tools as well as make-shift tools when shooting on a distant location.  Improve the quality of your outdoor scenes dramatically with this module.


  • 23:10 video that walks you through techniques for manipulating sunlight when working outdoors
  • Complete companion guide
For Instructors:
  • Basic Lighting Course Curriculum Guide
  • Exercise - Sun Position
  • Exercise - Bouncing Light


  • How to properly position your subject in direct sunlight
  • The best and worst times of day to shoot
  • How to use the sun as a key light
  • How to use the sun as a rim light
  • How to use overheads
  • How to use shiny boards
"Very straightforward and easy to follow. I also really appreciate the combination of technical and aesthetics, which is how I base my class. I would find this to be a very good reference to provide to students."
   - William Donaruma,
      University of Notre Dame