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The Ultimate Lighting Kit

At a Glance

  • 10-part DVD series on 5 discs totaling 217 minutes, plus 37 page resource guide
  • Top Hollywood cinematographers and gaffers show you the tools and techniques of Hollywood lighting
  • Improve the quality of your production today with hundreds of techniques developed on the world's biggest movie sets

Top Hollywood cinematographers and gaffers show you the tools and techniques of Hollywood lighting. Improve the quality of your production today with hundreds of techniques developed on the world's biggest movie sets.

One of the most telling flaws of an independent film is the poor lighting. Lighting is an art that is learned and practiced over a lifetime. Now, for the first time, working Hollywood cinematographer share their techniques with you, so you can begin using them in your projects.

Learn the tools, advanced techniques for softening and shaping lights, tricks for ideal placement, how to choose the right fixtures, and how to achieve a Hollywood look.

The Ultimate Lighting Kit features:

  • Emmy-Winning CInematographer Jason J. Tomaric
  • Academy-Award-winning cinematographer David Stump, ASC
  • Vice President of Arri Lighting, John Gresch
  • Arri gaffer, Ron Sill
  • Author Cinematography: Theory and PracticeBlain Brown
  • Camera Operator and Author of The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook, Harry C. Box
  • Los Angeles-based Cinematographer Laura Beth Love
  • Key Grip, Author The Grip BookMike Uva

Disc 1

Attributes of Light
Lighting is one of the most powerful tools in the cinematographer’s tool kit, and understanding how to light means knowing the qualities of light.

This module covers the attributes of light and how to control them. Master the look of your shots by understanding the principles of light.

Disc 2

Reducing Light
Learn basic grip tools and how to effectively and properly reduce the output of a light source. Taught at Panavision in Hollywood, learn how to use scrims, nets, neutral density gels and dimmers to quickly slow down light.

Softening Light
Soft light is the most flattering light on the human face, and mastering the use of diffusing materials will help you create that look. In this module, we’ll show you the primary types of diffusing materials, how to use them, as well as lighting techniques to create the most elegant lighting when lighting people.

Disc 3

Shaping Light
Anyone can set up a light, but the real art in lighting lies in how you craft or shape the light. In this module, we’ll take you to Panavision in Hollywood where you will learn tools and techniques for shaping light once it is emanated from a light source.

Lighting People
Lighting people is the staple of a cinematographer’s duties, and there are several ways to do so. This module covers the foundation of good lighting - the three point lighting system. Whereas most books and videos stop there, this module takes this technique one step further by teaching you how to adapt the three point lighting system for dramatic, dialogue-based projects.

Disc 4

Lighting Outside
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.

Lighting a Scene
When you first step onto a set or scout a location, it can be an overwhelming experience trying to figure out how to light the scene. Where do you start? Where do you put the key light? How do you work with the ambience? This module not only gives you valuable pointers and a step-by-step guide to planning the lighting for a scene, but Emmy-winning DP Jason Tomaric, Vice President of Lighting of Arri John Gresch and veteran gaffer Ron Sill walk you through the lighting of a scene for a movie. See for yourself the DP’s process as he shares his tips and techniques with you from first thoughts of the set through the final lighting.

Disc 5

Color Temperatures
Light sources emit a wide range of colors, which can be problematic for film and video cameras. This module will help you understand how to work with different color light sources, how to balance them, and what pitfalls to avoid.

Learn about white balance, how to properly use it and how to cheat it to create dramatic effects for a shot.

Working with Mixed Light
Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason J. Tomaric takes you to Panavision in Hollywood to teach you practical, on-set techniques to mixing light sources of various color temperatures. Learn basic gel types, how to choose light sources, how to work with tungsten, HMI and Kino-Flo lights, what to do when using tungsten and sunlight, color correcting light sources, using the white balance to correct gelled lights, and much, much more.

Complete Reference Guide

The Ultimate Lighting Kit reference guide is jam packed with hundreds of tips, tricks and techniques. Sections include:

  • Brightness
  • Falloff
  • Specularity
  • Wraparound
  • Three Point Lighting Techniques
  • Working with Shadows
  • Internal vs. External Shadows
  • How to Light a Scene
  • How to Light a Large Area
  • How to Light Outside
  • Working with Overheads and Reflectors
  • Maintaining the Contrast Ratio
  • Low Budget Lighting Options
  • Components and Types of Light
  • Lighting Kits
  • Shiny Boards
  • Gels and Diffusion
  • Working with Mixed Light
  • Mixing Colors

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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