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.

Always on Stage in “The Rat Pack”

21 months ago I never could have predicted the direction of my life. With the invention of the 5D camera, I started to understand that creating the look...

Hallowed Halls in “The Skulls”

When Rob Cohen asked me to shoot his next feature after we finished "The Rat Pack," I was ecstatic. I could not wait to get the script. He told...

The Natural Look of “Crazy/Beautiful”

My next picture was with a director named John Stockwell. After signing onto this project I came to realize that John's style and sensibility would change me forever as...

Extending Dawn in “Drumline”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood...

The Power of the Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

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,...

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.

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

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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