DIY Lighting Tips & Tricks


DIY Lighting Tips & Tricks


13 Lessons

1 hour of
instructional video

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13 Lessons

1 hour of
instructional video

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The ultimate guide to DIY lighting solutions

You want to light like Hollywood but unfortunately you don’t have the budget to buy or even rent professional lights. No problem—DIY Lighting Tips and Tricks is a course where Shane Hurlbut, ASC explains how to light efficiently with lights and fixtures that are typically available at your local Home Depot store.

As a leading voice in the DIY movement, Shane applies cost-effective instruments and replacement methods to his lighting that are comparable to industry brands. Not only does DIY lighting save you money, it enables you to create distinct and noticeably more cinematic images for your audience to enjoy. Shane covers everything from straight DIY hardware store builds to custom rigging for specific circumstances in the script. He then walks you through the process of using inexpensive DIY lights in all applications that includes bounce light, shafting lights, back lights, key lights, fill lights, out-of-focus bokeh lights, along with many others. Also included are tips on how to create powerful and realistic effects, lighting to mimic fire, headlights, and televisions. Consider this course as your ultimate guide for DIY filmmaking solutions to elevate your craft!

Course Includes:

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Side by Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

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  • Building the Perfect Key Light: DIY
  • DIY Home Depot Lights
  • How To Color Correct DIY Metal Halide Fixtures
  • How To Light Day Interiors: Part 1
  • How To Light with DIY Lights: Part 2
  • How To Light Day Interiors: Part 3
  • How To Light Day Interiors: Part 4
  • How To Create a Fire Effect Light: DIY
  • How To Use a Fire Effects Light with Real Fire
  • How To Create Firelight and Lamplight Effects: Into the Badlands
  • How To Build a Headlight Gag
  • How To Use a Headlight Gag
  • How To Replicate TV Light: Kino Flo Lights

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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