Cinematography: Mastering the Image

Shane Hurlbut ASC

Cinematography: Mastering the Image

Shane Hurlbut ASC
6h 54m
8 modules (view curriculum)

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    6h 54m


Go behind the scenes with acclaimed director of photography Shane Hurlbut ASC, as he takes you through each step of his filmmaking process, teaching you how to light and lens cinematically. From creating a visual language in pre-production, through to lighting selection, power distribution on-set, working with directors and actors, blocking, coverage and more, this masterclass will help you achieve cinematic results and build your on set confidence.

Subtitles available: English



In this module Shane Hurlbut ASC takes us through his pre-production process from the moment he receives the script, and how he works with the director and the other departments to make fundamental decisions that shape the look and mood of the film.

Subtitles available: English


Here Shane walks us through the lighting toolset of a cinematographer working at the very highest level. We look at various light fixtures including HMIs, KinoFlos and tungsten lights, with Shane showing us exactly how to check and prepare each so that it’s ready to be used on set.

Subtitles available: English

1h 19m

Power on set is fundamental, but with high-power-draw lighting fixtures your production may require serious power. In this module, Shane shows you everything you need to know about power on set, including how to spec, prep and operate power generators, how to set up power distribution around your set using distribution boxes, as well as all the styles of connectors, cables and accessories you’ll need to be familiar with.

Subtitles available: English

1h 02m

In this lesson we start by looking at the tools available to shape light, before heading outside as Shane shows us exactly how he lights day exteriors to have total control no matter what the ambient lighting condition. We then head inside to understand how to light and lens a master wide shot.

Subtitles available: English


Following the setting of the lights and the master wide, the DP needs to work with the Director and Actors to establish the blocking, or movement around the set and within the frame. Here Shane deconstructs how he collaborates on set to ensure that the teams are working as a whole and that the camera movement and composition supports the narrative of the story.

Subtitles available: English

1h 01m

Lighting a green screen can be the most challenging exercise for a DP, but in this lesson Shane breaks down a number of ways to light a green screen depending on what lighting fixtures you have available on set.

Subtitles available: English


In this lesson we move to an interior night scene, recreating a key moment from “Fathers & Daughters”. We look how mixing well selected practical light sources and gags mixed with moonlight or urban light can be used to create a believable and cinematic frame.

Subtitles available: English

1h 05m

In the final module of the course, Shane and his gaffer review their toolkit of available light fixtures and give us a complete overview of their suitability for different lighting scenarios.

Subtitles available: English

About the Educator

Shane Hurlbut ASC


4 Courses

Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a world-renowned cinematographer and gifted narrative storyteller who has lensed numerous feature films, commercials, music videos as well as episodic television programs.


Shane teaches things that you simply cannot learn anywhere else. In depth information on many aspects of GnE that would take years on set to learn.
April Litton
Excellent course taking you from start to finish giving a good overview. Not detailed but enough to get you in the right direction and great light comparisons and set examples.
Christopher Conway
Better than the previous courses. Short and right to the points, but informative. Very impressive masterclass.
It was amazing. Thank You.
Łukasz Kucharski
Excellent! Shane draws on his vast knowledge and experience to distill complex situations into basic observations and actions. Even very experienced people will learn something from this.
Steven Erickson
As always, Shane's lessons are in-deep but also very easy to understand. Perfect for any cinematographer of any level!
Julien Gouz
Unreal. Shane is the MASTER of light. Watched this 2X and learned, even more, the 2nd round with taking notes.
Dana Allen
Very well done and useful
Mario Mele
Great content and knowledge as all the other Shane's courses. The final modules about the lights, CRI, uses, etc is incredible useful.
Rodrigo Resende
Cool, tons of important informations
Shiyun Gu
Fantastic as always! I've got to watch it again.
Damien Martin
Este curso me ha encantado. Hulburt es un profesor excelente, y nos enseña en profundidad lo que supone ser un director de fotografía. Un gran curso para aprender a iluminar en cine.
Antonio Aparico Ferrer
Very in-depth and presented with enthusiasm.. Fantastic
Aruho Manzi
Was great and really helpful to know all these tips and tricks
Bailey Quinn
Wonderful master class by Shane Hulbut sir. Thank you.
chandrashekar thooti
Excellent introduction! Thank you!
bill mckenna
Ajay Paul Singh
A fantastic and informative course. Great work by Shane and his team.
Simon Kennedy
Unreal! I learnt so much, Although much of the lights used and shown in this course, I will probably never have the privilege of using, the theory was useful to me. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to perfect what they are currently doing. I want to be a grip now... Thank you
Brendan Lister
Shane's GREAT
Brian K Wilcox
I enjoy seeing all of the different lights with both directional lighting and bounce lighting.
Fergus Lowrey
It's a good course. He teaches you what kinds of lights are used on big sets and how they are handled which is really nice. I would've preferred seeing more of how he lights scenes using the lights he demonstrated. That would have made the score at least a 4. But it's good overall.
john luna

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