Hurlbut Visuals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized education to
filmmakers globally. Shane Hurlbut, ASC innovates with new cinematography technologies
while on set shooting feature films, which he then shares through in depth articles, tutorials,
and videos as filmmaking courses online. Hurlbut Visuals provides access to this knowledge in a
unique mentoring format to inspire and leverage the learning process through on-going dialogue
within this rapidly growing and dynamic storytelling community inside Shane's Inner Circle.

Hurlbut Visuals is a collaboration between Shane Hurlbut, ASC, and his wife, business
partner, and high school sweetheart, Lydia. Over the past seven years, Hurlbut Visuals has grown
into a thriving business, an industry-revered online publication and, best of all,
a global filmmaking community.

If you are ready to commit to your storytelling journey, you’ve come to the right place.

Power of Diffusion: Smoke

Using the right filtration to impose a mood, create a style, encapsulate a time period or just to cream a woman’s skin can be a very powerful visual tool....

Day Interiors: The Scout

Welcome to my home in part one of a five part series. With this How to Light Day Interiors series, we are going to shoot a scene, and I’ll...

Motivating Your Filmmaking Team

All of you have been so gracious with your comments about how much I help all of you and make a difference, or changed your life in some way....

Resiliency in the Industry

Get out there and start to form that skin. Being sensitive is a strength and a weakness. Finding the right level of each is the hard part and you...

How to be a Leader in the Industry

My suggestion to all of you is to continue to educate yourself. Become a responsible filmmaker who will take the time to understand WHY - because this is what...

Creating Ideas for Feature Films

How do I create? ... Like a 5 year old. Try new things. Be selective. You have to follow your heart and believe in your ability and the longevity...

Understanding Your Color Meter

How to read a color temp meter and why it is important. I have always loved understanding the color of different lights -- street lights, fluorescents in a store,...

Storytelling Through Composition I

Many of you have expressed an interest in composition: what makes a good frame or a bad one. There are a few classic frames that I customize to give...

Storytelling Through Composition II

I wanted to thank you all for the huge response on part one of Storytelling Through Composition. Now we move into the tighter side of framing.

How to Train Your Eye

Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love.

When To Use a Fill Light

The third point of a classic three point lighting set up is a fill light. This is that light that adjusts your contrast ratio. Depending on the mood of...

Shaping Light Is Everything

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

DIY Home Depot Lights

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum

Shane’s Inner Circle Movie Night

Join Shane as he dives into his feature films answering questions from Shane's Inner Circle members who attended in person in Los Angeles for the event.

Choosing the Right Focal Lengths

In this article, I thought it would be very cool to show you what different focal lengths feel like to assist in your storytelling process.

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

Shaping Light Is Everything

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Choosing the Right Focal Lengths

In this article, I thought it would be very cool to show you what different focal lengths feel like to assist in your storytelling process.

Key + Shape BOGO

Lighting Techniques – Shaping Light Is Everything for Cinematographers Learning the Language This article is very personal to me because I want all of you to understand where I...

BOGO: Lighting Day Exteriors Parts 1 and 2

Lighting Day Exteriors: Shaping Natural Daylight Through the Use of Negative Fill In this article,  I’ll go over how we shot the ladies talking as they place the saddle...

Day Exteriors: Location Scouting

When shooting a day exterior scene, consider the track of the sun when creating your shooting schedule, and match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure...

Day Exteriors: Location Scouting

When shooting a day exterior scene, consider the track of the sun when creating your shooting schedule, and match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure...

RED Dragon LUTs – Interior Times of Day

These four LUTs take the Red LOG Film output of the Dragon, eliminate all the green and give you a beautifully balanced image for your lighting and client monitors...

Finding Locations that Light Themselves

The first thing I try to do is search for locations that will almost light themselves. Yes, that is correct – the location lights itself. How do you do...

Finding Locations That Light Themselves

The first thing I try to do is search for locations that will almost light themselves. Yes, that is correct – the location lights itself. How do you do...

Cinematography Starter Kit

Welcome to your Cinematography starter kit. I am Shane Hurlbut, ASC and I have created this unique kit for all of you looking to begin your visual storytelling journey....

Advanced Cinematography Kit

Welcome to your Advanced Cinematography kit. I am Shane Hurlbut, ASC and I have created this unique kit for all of you wanting to expand your skillset and take...

Bounce Light: Gold

Today's video demonstration is about using the color of gold in your bounce light.

Bounce Light: Gold

Today's video demonstration is about using the color of gold in your bounce light.

The Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2015

With the halfway point of the 2015 year already here, we thought it would be a great time to go back and look at some of the favorite Hurlblog...

Podcast Bundle

Podcast – Fireworks: MōVI vs Steadicam, the do’s and don’ts for show reels, how to start your filmmaking career Wow! We have had a flood of questions for the...

Lighting Techniques Bundle

Lighting Techniques – C-Stands Advanced: The Most Powerful Tool in Your Lighting Arsenal Hello, Inner Circle members. I wanted to continue my instruction on shaping light techniques with the...

On Set With Shane Bundle

Day 1: I want to give you a little background on Fathers and Daughters. Gabriele Muccino is the director of this feature who is known for his work on...

New Orleans Meet Up

They just added a new shooting day on June 6, so I am going to have to postpone until June 13. Meet with Shane and fellow Inner Circle members...

Cinegear 2015 Meetup

The Hurlbut Visuals team will meet you at the Light Iron booth #S311 (Stage 32) where Michael Cioni will show some of the latest in digital workflow. We are...

Location Scouting For Filmmakers

I will be sharing how I location scout, what I look for, what the director has asked me to do, the mood and tone that he or she wants...

Location Scouting For Filmmakers

I will be sharing how I location scout, what I look for, what the director has asked me to do, the mood and tone that he or she wants...

RED Weapon Camera Prep: SIC Member Invite

Good afternoon/evening everyone. I wanted to offer a special invite to our community. Tomorrow (Sunday May 24th) at 10am CST in New Orleans I would like to invite whomever...

Bounce Light: Creating a Hyper White Look

Part four of this series will go into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Hyper White. This requires a silver material to retain this hyper-white color temp....

Bounce Light: Creating a Hyper White Look

Part four of this series will go into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Hyper White. This requires a silver material to retain this hyper-white color temp....

When To Use a Fill Light

The third point of a classic three point lighting set up is a fill light. This is that light that adjusts your contrast ratio. Depending on the mood of...

When To Use a Fill Light

The third point of a classic three point lighting set up is a fill light. This is that light that adjusts your contrast ratio. Depending on the mood of...

NAB 2015 Meet Up

For those of you who are interested, we are going to be meeting up Sunday April 12, 2015 from 5-6:30PM. Location: West Wing Bar Inside the MGM Grand Hotel...

C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light

I will cover c-stand etiquette, as well as help you understand how to shape light. We will be going into more advanced light control in the coming months and...

C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light

I will cover c-stand etiquette, as well as help you understand how to shape light. We will be going into more advanced light control in the coming months and...

Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

Top Light: The 360 Degree Shotmaker

Top light is light that comes from above. It can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, a shaft of light, etc. It can be an intense top backlight...

How can I cancel?

Click on Cancel Membership on Your Account page. If you cancel with time left in your billing period, you will continue to have access until the next billing cycle...

SmallHD DP7 Pro Monitor Settings

These settings are custom built and designed by my Hurlbut Visuals Elite team. We put these together to increase speed and performance on Need for Speed and continue to...

Canon EOS C300 Settings

These settings are custom built and designed by my Hurlbut Visuals Elite team. To increase speed and save time on set, we organized all of the essential items of...

Canon EOS C500 Settings

These settings are custom built and designed by my Hurlbut Visuals Elite team. To increase speed and save time on set, we organized all of the essential items of...

Custom Picture Profiles: Canon C300

The CPICT301 profile is the more “baked in” looking picture profile. The CPICT302 profile based on the Canon Log gamma without sharpening. Bundle includes these two profiles. I created...

Custom Picture Profiles: Canon 1DC

This bundle includes four Canon 1DC picture profiles for Canon RAW (Canon L Series and Cinema glass), Leica RAW (Leica glass), Nikon RAW (Nikon Nikkor glass) and Zeiss RAW...

Custom Picture Profiles: Canon C100 Mark I

The CPICT401 profile is the more “baked in” looking picture profile. The CPICT402 profile based on the Canon Log gamma without sharpening. Bundle includes these two profiles. I created...

Top Light: The 360 Degree Shotmaker

Top light is light that comes from above. It can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, a shaft of light, etc. It can be an intense top backlight...

Lighting and Grip Packages

We had a request for information on the lighting package I used making The Greatest Game Ever Played, with a $25 million budget, as well as a package for...

Canon C100 Mark II: Extensive Tests

I was extremely impressed with the C100 Mark II and the improvements that Canon has made from the C100 have solidified this camera for me as the DSLR Killa.

Shaping and Controlling Light

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Tricks to Modify Your Gopro

We have not seen much of the GoPro imagery where it replaces the job of a more expensive camera. That is what we will stress in this post –...

Shaping and Controlling Light

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Tricks to Modify Your GoPro

We have not seen much of the GoPro imagery where it replaces the job of a more expensive camera. That is what we will stress in this post –...

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