Lighting Intensive

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

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.

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.

Student Feedback:

"I really loved it - loved the practical work. Great down-to-earth teachers!"

"The Studio and gear was awesome."

About the Course Lecturer: Anna Howard ACS

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. 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.


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