How To

Recreate The Sun


How To

Recreate The Sun


11 Lessons

3+ hours of
instructional video

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11 Lessons

3+ hours of
instructional video

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Learn cinematic lighting to professionally craft sunlight

No matter if you’re filming interiors or exteriors, shaping and recreating sunlight is absolutely fundamental.

How to Recreate The Sun is a masterclass for cinematographers and gaffers that guides you through the process from choosing lights, setting your color temperature, and best color correction gels for late afternoon tones to where you should place your sunlight sources, the use of reflector boards, overhead diffusion frames, and the proper negative fill that you should use to make your lights feel natural, cinematic, and real!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down Blocking & Lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

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  • Shane Hurlbut explains how to recreate the sun
  • How to Recreate the Sun with lights
  • Shane Hurlbut in Edit Bay for How to Recreate the Sun
  • Shane Hurlbut explains How to Recreate the Sun


  • Recreating The Sun with Artificial Light
  • How To Shape High Sun with Artificial Light On Close-Ups
  • Matching Artificial Light with Natural Sunlight: Into the Badlands
  • How To Shape Natural Light with Negative Fill
  • How To Change the Direction of the Sun for Close-Ups
  • How To Diffuse Sunlight: Into the Badlands
  • How To Shape Light in a Forest: Into the Badlands
  • Powering Up Your Lights On Set
  • How To Compose the Master Wide Shot
  • How To Create an Unlit Natural Look: Crazy Beautiful
  • How To Replicate Early Morning Exterior Light: Into the Badlands

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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