Camera Exposure


Camera Exposure


16 Lessons

5 hours of
instructional video

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16 Lessons

5 hours of
instructional video

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Learn about exposure for film and how to elevate your visual style

Camera Exposure supplies tips, techniques, and diagrams that make an immediate difference in the way you expose your image. This is the kind of guidance not readily available in your average manual or text book. Rather, Shane Hurlbut, ASC encourages both the exploration of technical aspects of exposing an image and the importance of competence with the tools used in determining exposure. This course assists you in building a foundation so you can make informed creative decisions in your storytelling.

Shane cracks open the playbook to help you understand his methodology behind testing film stocks and new digital cameras for projects. These tests reveal how far you can push the over and under exposure of your camera platform and how to train your eye without the use of waveforms, histograms, and other devices. You can expect to learn about dynamic range, exposure for different formats, how to perform camera tests, and lighting for 2K versus 4K. In addition, you’ll discover how to use a light meter and color meter and their relevance in digital filmmaking. Also included are podcasts with Shane where he discusses various camera technologies and how to elevate your visual style.

Course Includes:

12 RED Dragon LUTs

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Top-Down Blocking + Lighting Schematics

Side by Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

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  • Why You Do Camera Tests
  • Understanding Your Light Meter: The Basics
  • Understanding Your Color Meter: The Basics
  • RED DSMC 1 Owner Operator: What You Need To Know Pt 1
  • RED DSMC 1 Owner Operator: What You Need To Know Pt 2
  • Straight NDs Test
  • RED Compression Tests
  • How To Light Large Day Interiors: Fathers and Daughters
  • HA Podcast: EP 3 Understanding Your Camera Lens and Sensor
  • HA Podcast: Ep 9 Setting Up Your Camera for Cinematic Vision
  • How To Read False Color on Your Monitor\
  • RED Dragon DSMC 1 LUTs: Exterior Times of Day: Into the Badlands
  • RED Dragon DSMC 1 LUTs: Neutral and Skin Tone: Into the Badlands
  • RED Dragon DSMC 1 LUTs: Interior Times of Day: Into the Badlands
  • IR Pollution: How To Combat It
  • Training Your Eye Through the Use of False Color Part 1
  • Training Your Eye Through the Use of False Color Part 2

About The Mentor

Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema as a storyteller, innovator and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Some of his film credits include: We Are Marshall, Terminator: Salvation, Need for Speed, Act of Valor, Semi-Pro, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Into the Blue, Mr 3000, among many others. 

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