How to

Soften Light


How to

Soften Light


6 Lessons

1.5+ hours of
instructional video

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6 Lessons

1.5+ hours of
instructional video

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Harness the power of bounce sources to light confidently

In How To Soften Light, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the process of discovering and mastering light quality while starting with the thinnest forms of diffusion and working his way up to the thickest for full reference.

Next, Shane breaks down light levels and color temperature shifts for each diffusion before moving into bounce light quality. Then, Shane explains how to control your bounce source with flags and DIY solutions. From there, he shows you a whopping 22 different bounce materials to enhance your lighting confidence!

Course Includes:

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Top-down Lighting Schematics

Side By Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

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  • Shane Hurlbut shows how to soften light
  • Shane Hurlbut shows how to soften light
  • Shane Hurlbut shows how to soften light
  • Shane Hurlbut shows how to soften light


  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 1: Hanover Frost Brushed Silk and Light Opal
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 2: Tough Frost Diffusions
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Pt 3: Frost Diffusions
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Pt 4: Tough White Diffusion
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Pt 5: Grid Cloths
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Pt 6: Color Grid Cloths

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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