Lighting Fundamentals

Sydney - Jun 18 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Jun 18 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Attendance Pattern
5 days, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm
Anna Howard
Course fee
$1300 / $1170

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. It was so good, Thank-you Anna!”


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.


Anna Howard ACS started in the Australian Film Industry in 1981. After studying cinematography at North Sydney TAFE, she quickly became a camera assistant, working for some of Australia’s best cinematographers, including Peter James ASC, ACS and Academy Award winners Russell Boyd ASC, ACS, Andrew Lesnie ASC, ACS, and John Seale ASC, ACS.

In 1996 Anna started shooting her own projects and established herself as a highly sought after Director of Photography in her own right. She’s well known for her ability to work with actors. Her subtle lighting and eye has caught the attention of many of the top directors in New Zealand and Australia, including that of Ray Lawrence and Gillian Armstrong.

In the last 18 years Anna has been busy working on many commercial and film projects in both countries, winning awards for her lighting and images in advertising and film. Some credits include feature films South Solitary and Errors of the Human Body, TV Series Rake and Marking Time and documentaries The Women He’s Undressed and Girl in a Mirror.

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

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