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Lighting Techniques Bundle

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If you are an Inner Circle member please contact anne@hurlbutvisuals.com before purchasing for a special discount.

This bundle includes 10 articles, over 2 hours of video content, illustrated diagrams, and behind the scenes photos on lighting techniques and includes the following lessons:

C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light

(Total run time 14:45)

In these instructional videos, I cover c-stand etiquette, as well as help you understand how to shape light. With just a few flags, you can make your image and composition have a more three dimensional quality with light. Topics covered:

  • The Skip Bounce (video)
  • C-Stand Etiquette (video)
  • Setting a 4 x 4 Floppy in the Wind (video)
  • Setting Your Bead Board Bounce (video)
  • Lighting schematic for Advanced C-Stand videos

How Light Quality Changes Your Mood and Tone

(Total run time 23:38)

Continuing our Bounce Light series with another collection of materials, fabrics and boards for your instruction. Really study the light quality. This is where your day rate as a cinematographer starts to go up, when you see the subtle quality differences in light. That is the reason I am sharing this series with all of you. This is something that takes years of experience to understand, but I am hoping to shorten that process for you with this series. Includes:

  • Instructional video: Foam Core Demonstration
  • Instructional video: Bleached Muslin Demonstration
  • Instructional video: Black and White Grifflon Demonstration
  • Instructional video: Black and White Showcard Demonstration
  • Lighting schematic for demonstration videos

Bounce Light: Creating a Hyper White Look

(Total run time 18:54)

This article goes into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Hyper White. This requires a silver material to retain this hyper-white color temp. I will break down all the different materials to create these colors, as well as showing you their different qualities of light. Includes:

  • How to use the Rosco Scrim (video)
  • How to use the Silver Rosco Flex SS (video)
  • DIY solution
  • How to use Silver Lamé (video)

Shaping and Controlling Light

(Total run time 4:04)

You will learn:

  • How to shape light and create contrast
  • How to create shadows
  • How to use the correct shaping tools to increase your speed
  • How to create window light and the etiquette that is required
  • How to shape soft sources to give you ultimate control
  • How to shape hard light and the use of it to help your emotional story
  • How to light in layers and add levels of contrast to create a more cinematic look

Five things define cinematography: Your composition, your style, your camera motion, your placement of lights, and how you create shadow. In this article we dive deep in the art of shaping, controlling, and creating contrast in your creations.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his 25 plus years of experience takes you step by step through his thought process of painting with light. What tools are required and the necessary first steps are discussed in detail. Shane’s concept of lighting in layers and showing how the use of flags and light control devices can change your image immediately and enhance your cinematic quality which gets you noticed.

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

(Total run time 26:00)

Includes the following lessons:

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting (Part 1)

  • Instructional video: Bead Board Demonstration
  • Instructional video: Circle Bounce vs Square Bounce
  • Lighting schematic for demonstration videos

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting (Part 2)

  • Instructional video: Ultra Bounce Demonstration
  • Lighting schematic for demonstration videos

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting (Part 3) – DIY Solutions (That don’t break the bank)

  • Instructional video: DIY Bead Board Solution Demonstration
  • Lighting schematic for demonstration videos

For anyone who took the Illumination Experience workshop or who is trying to understand how to light and lens, these videos and text discussions take you to another level in understanding light quality. This separates the men from the boys. Pulling from my 20 years of experience, I will quickly and simply show you light quality and what I look for, which will leap frog you ahead of the pack. The lighting techniques series is made to make you a faster, confident, and more polished.

Top Light: The 360 Degree Shotmaker

(Total run time 6:43)

You will learn:

  • How to use top light to separate a character from a group
  • How to use top light to make the audience feel claustrophobic
  • How to use top light to shoot 360 degrees
  • How to blast side walls to brighten up perimeters
  • Billiard room lighting schematic from The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • East London pub lighting schematic from The Greatest Game Ever Played

Top light can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, or a shaft of light. It can blast onto a table that bounces light onto all of your characters around it. I like to use it if it feels real, like the light is just there. You are not sure where it is coming from, but it doesn’t feel lit. Here we analyze two scenes from The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Bounce Light: Matching Practical Light with Colored Bounce Sources

(Total run time 11:57)


  • Unbleached muslin instructional video
  • Butcher paper instructional video
  • Silver and gold lamé instructional video
  • Lighting schematic

This lesson goes into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Warm White and Gold in tone, which will require a material that is natural, brown or gold in color.

I will break down all the different materials to create these colors as well as showing you their different qualities of light.

When To Use a Fill Light

(Total run time 15:14)


  • Taking fill light away
  • Subtle choices to express hope or the loss of hope
  • Filling the shadows to find focus and emotion
  • Moon light as your fill light
  • Using fill light to create depth

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 your story and or scene, you can choose to use a little or a lot of this light. I use The Greatest Game Ever Played as a reference for the use of all styles of where and when to use fill lighting.

Where to Place Your Key Light

(Total run time 9:15)


  • Where should the key light come from?
  • Blocking scenes
  • Color contrast
  • Over the shoulder rules
  • Photo reference books
  • Schematic from The Greatest Game Ever Played

Your first stroke of lighting is your key light, which is the light that exposes the face. It is the one you start with, always, because where you place your key light dictates where you place your camera.

Lighting for Three Cameras: Why and How

(Total run time 16:43)


  • Lighting schematic for the Typical 2 Camera Set Up
  • Instructional video: Location Scout/Tech Scout
  • Instructional video: 3 Camera Execution
  • Lighting schematic for 3 Camera Set Up
  • 3D renderings of the scene

Here I share some inside secrets of how I light for three cameras. This is a very difficult thing to do and requires more lighting time but the benefits are huge. It is your job as a cinematographer to ebb and flow with the actors, how they work, the quirks, etc. Your mission is to set up a lighting and shooting environment that will get the best performance out of your actors and give the director creative freedom in the edit room and get that performance that moves you, transports you, makes you laugh and or cry.

The location scout/tech scout video includes what I look for, how I can use the location and careful blocking to assist in delivering the three camera approach and why we are doing this. The second video goes into the execution of this approach and how I do it.

Total Value $160

Get inside Shane’s “lighting playbook,” in which he details how to use lighting essentials for creating and sustaining a compelling story. Two things define cinematography: Where you place the light, and how you create shadow and separation. The first stroke of lighting is the key light, the light that exposes the face, the space. This is where you always begin because where you place the key light dictates where you place your camera. Learning the art of creative lighting is an essential core of Shane’s Inner Circle. What this bundles does is give you the why you would use a specific quality and quantity of light along with the practical aspects of understanding the fundamentals which are the Art of Cinematography. Know the rules, know the boundaries so that you can go out there and break them. As the great Charlie Parker said, “Study music, learn everything you can. Then forget all that shit and just play.”

2 reviews for Lighting Techniques Bundle

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is the best lighting tutorial series on the internet! I went to the Illumination experience and I feel like these videos are just like being there with Shane. Thanks for the new video content and I can’t wait for more!

  2. 5 out of 5


    For a beginner like me this is the place to be for sure! I think I just learned more about lighting than in the whole of last year!

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