Lighting Fundamentals

Sydney - Nov 12 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Nov 12 2018 - Nov 16 2018
Attendance Pattern
5 days, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm
Anna Howard
Course fee
$1500 / $1350

The aim of this five day course is to teach basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Topics covered include:
  • Natural light and artificial light
  • Colour temperature
  • Direct/bounce light, soft/hard light
  • The use of anti-fill, cutters & diffusion gels
  • Types of film lights, camera filters and basic lighting equipment packages for use on location
  • Lighting continuity
  • Lighting the face
  • Contrast ratios
  • Dealing with reflections
  • On set communication
  • Camera techniques to assist lighting
  • General lighting and post production

The course will be taught in our state-of-the-art studios examining artificial light sources, and on a location shoot studying the changeability of natural light in both exterior and interior locations.


“All the practical experience was fantastic. Great to work with such nice and experienced professional tutors. They made it feel like a real set.”

“Really impressed with the industry professionals who gave their time so fully and generously, it felt like 6 months of onset experience in 5 days!”


This course is suitable for beginners in the area of lighting or for those in the industry looking to change fields

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.


With a 39 year career comprising prestigious local and international credits, Richard is now based back in his native Australia having spent over 20 years in the US and Canada working as an award winning, highly respected and sought after Director of Photography and Steadicam Operator. He is also a resident Lecturer in Diploma of Camera at AFTRS.

His credits include Cargo, Fighting Season, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Holmes On Homes (CSC Lifestyle and Reality Cinematography Award), Holmes In
New Orleans (Gemini Award Winner), Terra Nova, Offspring, Underbelly/Squizzy, Fat Tony and Co. and Nowhere Boys.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

**DISCLAIMER*** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If an enrollee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations within 14 days of course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page​.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.