What’s up guys? My name is Eric Thayne, founder of Cinema Mastery, and welcome to the Lighting Secrets Workshop. I’m really excited to have you here, looking forward to teaching you everything I’ve learned about lighting over the years.

If you’re trying to grow your skill as a filmmaker, videographer, or cinematographer, this is a smart place to be, because proper lighting, more so than anything else you could possibly learn, will single-handedly transform the quality of your work.

If you think about it, all a camera does is capture and interpret light. The light passes through a lens, and in today’s industry with mostly digital cameras, that light falls onto a camera sensor, and then the processor in the camera, analyzes that light and interprets it into an image.

So light is everything. And it makes sense that if your light is good, then your image will also be good and on the other side, if your light is bad, your image will be bad.

So, learning how to light your videos properly. I think makes up over 50 percent of the cinematic look. That’s why lighting is so important to learn. If you’ve never learned anything about cinematography except for lighting, you’d still be able to get amazing images with that skill alone.

So this course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about lighting to get your work off the ground. Now, the course is basically separated into three sections.

First I wanna teach you the technical side of lighting. What lights to use, where to place them, and how you can modify them. This part of lighting is actually fairly simple and straightforward.

The important part to getting good lighting, is in your ability to think creatively and artistically about your lighting and use the tools and technical knowledge to carry out the vision you have in your head for your project. So that’s what the last two sections are made for.

In the second section I’m gonna show you a ton of really common and popular ways to position and set up your lights for various scenarios that you will likely come across.

Remember there are no rules when it comes to art, so you can do whatever you want, but this will at least give you a good starting point for some common situations.

And then lastly, I’m gonna take you through screen grabs of some projects that I’ve done in the past, and give you some behind-the-scenes info on how I lit those videos, and why I made the decisions that I did.

And this will help you to think subjectively about lighting and learn to be creative with your use of the lights.

Anyway, so there’s a quick high-level overview of what we’ll be covering in this workshop.

So without any further ado, let’s get started.

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