Mastering the Image



Mastering The Image


40 Lessons

7+ hours of
instructional video

Access PDF

40 Lessons

7+ hours of
instructional video

Access PDF

Learn how to craft your image from script to screen
in various scenarios

Mastering The Image is a masterclass in composition and cinematic processes for cinematographers. The course starts by showing you how to break down your script and advances to developing your project’s visual language, including how to decide upon the right aspect ratio. Then, you’ll learn about what kind of lights you’ll need, where to place them, and how to shape the lights for a variety of scenarios that include day exteriors, green screen setups, and a nighttime bedroom set on a soundstage.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down Blocking & Lighting schematics

Paths and power distribution maps

Side by side comparisons

View Trailer


Look Inside The Course

  • Mentors Shane Hurlbut and Eric Forand in Cinematography Mastering The Image
  • Cinematography Mastering The Image - Filmmakers Academy
  • Shane Hurlbut in Edit Bay - Cinematography Mastering the Image
  • Shane Hurlbut with Kino Flo 4Bank


  • Breaking Down Your Screenplay
  • Selecting Your Aspect Ratio
  • Tungsten Lights: Check-In
  • HMI Lights: Check-In
  • Kino Flo Lights: Check-In
  • Distro Equipment: Check-In
  • Testing and Color Balancing HMIs
  • Portable Generators
  • Working with Set Power Distribution
  • Labeling Cables
  • Laying Your First Cable Run
  • Running Power in Reverse
  • Tying In and Metering Power
  • Powering Up Your Lights On Set
  • Making A Gack Pack
  • Shaping Light & Shadow
  • Shaping Light & Shadow: Nailing the Close-Up
  • Recreating The Sun with Artificial Light
  • How To Compose The Master Wide Shot
  • Blocking and Matching Coverage
  • How To Light Green Screen Series: Using Kino Flo Super: Green Tubes
  • How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting Your Subject
  • How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting A Moving Subject
  • How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting with Just Two Lights
  • How To Light Night Interiors Part 1
  • How To Light Night Interiors Part 2
  • How To Light Night Interiors Part 3
  • 1000 Watt Baby Baby Fresnel Light
  • 1000 Watt 407 Fresnel Light
  • 2000 Watt Open Face Arrilite
  • 750W Open Face Arrilite
  • Cineo HS2 and HSX: Remote Phosphor Technology
  • Kino Flo Fluorescent Lights
  • Dedo Lights
  • Kino Flo Selects
  • LED Arri S60 Skypanel Lights
  • Leko Lights
  • Leko Lights – Part 2
  • Kino Flo Celeb 200 and 400
  • Chimera Softbank

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. 

Access the Course

All Access Membership


Billed Annually
(Introductory special price)

Unlimited Access to Courses and Lessons
Enter Our Private Facebook Group 
Access PDF assets, AND MORE!

Access Course


One Time Payment

You can gain access
to this individual
course instantly!

You May Also Like

Go On Set Fathers and Daughters with Shane Hurlbut - Filmmakers Academy
Corporate Cinematography Beginner with Shane Hurlbut - Filmmakers Academy
Blocking Theory filmmaking course


Become a member and get unlimited access to courses and lessons.

Join now for $33/mo. (Introductory Special Price)
billed annually

Frequently Asked Questions

Filmmakers Academy offers three memberships: Free, All Access, and All Access + Pro.

The Free account is limited to 30+ lessons and gives you a sneak peek into membership.

All Access includes unlimited access to all of our courses and lessons as well as entry to our Private Facebook Group for Global Referrals + Collaboration, access to PDF assets, and our Career Paths feature that includes Directing, Cinematography, Lighting, G&E, Color Correction, Post-Production, and more!

All Access + Pro grants you everything in an All Access membership, plus 1 on 1 film mentoring with a mentor of your choice, annually pick 2 Mentor Crafted PDFs (the Holy Grail of Mentor Experience), quarterly exclusive live masterclasses.

If you’re only interested in taking one specific course, we offer many of our courses in the Store.

No, we only offer a select group of courses in our store. Most of our content is member exclusive. Join today to have access to all of our courses.

We do not offer a monthly membership option. Please note that you could pay by PayPal Credit to spread your payments out over 6 months without paying any interest. Please visit PayPal for details on PayPal Credit.

If you wish to cancel your membership:

  1. Log in to your account and click on Dashboard
  2. From the dashboard, click on the option Billing
  3. Then scroll down, locate the Active Plan and click on Change Plan
  4. Click Cancel Membership below your active plan.

Once you’ve completed these steps, the subscription will be officially canceled, and you will not be charged for the subscription in the future.