The Lighting Day Exteriors Tutorial was created by Shane Hurlbut, ASC to demystify the art of using natural and artificial light in day environments. Shane reveals his playbook that has taken him over 25 years to perfect in the art of lighting and balancing day exterior work.
Learn How To Light Day Exteriors
Using his proven methodology, this tutorial gives you the necessary tools to increase your speed, expand your skill set, and help gain confidence while shooting outside.
This course includes detailed written breakdowns, top down lighting schematics, top down blocking schematics, script pages and side by side comparisons.
How To Location Scout Using The Path of the Sun (6:27)
Shane demonstrates how to shoot a day exterior scene using a scene where two ladies with saddles converse and walk into a corral. Learn strategies to track the sun so you can schedule your shots around the sun’s position to create beautiful backlight in every shot. Learn how to match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure that your lighting and color will remain consistent from shot to shot.
How to Light Walk and Talks (5:36)
Watch as Shane explains the position of the sun and the setup for each of the four shots as the ladies enter the corral. Learn how to set yourself up for success with beautiful backlight while paying attention to shadowing, and adding fill light as necessary.
How To Shape Natural Light with Negative Fill (8:14)
Watch as Shane explains how he shot the ladies talking as they place the saddle down on the sawhorse at 12:30pm, when the sun was directly behind the actors and about to be too high in the sky, but still manageable. Learn the theory behind shooting when the sun is right. Learn how to shape the natural daylight ambience with negative fill in the air and on the ground. Watch as Shane does the final tweaks to finesse the shot.
How To Change the Direction of the Sun for Close Ups (7:06)
Shane explains how to make a beautiful close up using natural light. Learn how to shape the light with negative fill and diffusion overhead frames. Use mirror and reflector boards to change the direction of the sun. Watch as Shane does the final tweaks to finesse the close up.
How To Shape High Sun with Artificial Light on Close Ups (9:16)
Shane explains how to make a beautiful close up using the power of Arriflex. Learn how to shape the sunlight when it is too high in the sky for a close up. Match artificial light to natural sunlight and learn to get cooler light without using gels. Use front light to assist in storytelling and add intensity to the narrative. Watch as Shane does the final tweaks to finesse the close up.
How To Use Available Light for Interviews (7:08)
Shane explains how to light people in daylight scenarios so that the background and talent, who might be in an overhang or darker lit scenario, are balanced with their lighting ratio. Learn how to reflect the sun to balance your exposures and diffuse your reflected source to soften. Shape ambient daylight with the use of negative fill. Watch as Shane does the final tweaks to finesse the interview shot.
How to create an UNLIT Natural Look: Crazy/Beautiful (1:43)
Go behind the scenes of Crazy/Beautiful to learn how Shane reacts to changing light on the day of production, as well as how he light differently for close ups. Understand why they chose their location and learn the theory behind the wide shot, medium shot and close up of Kirsten Dunst. NOTE: To get the most from this video section, please utilize the included support document as you watch.
How To Extend Dawn For Hours: Drumline (2:59)
Go behind the scenes of Drumline to learn how Shane pulled off filming a 4 page scene at dawn. NOTE: To get the most from this video section, please utilize the included support document as you watch.
How To Extend Sunset For Hours: Into The Blue (4:07)
Go behind the scenes of Into the Blue to learn how he extended the sunset for hours to capture wide, medium and close up shots of the scene. NOTE: To get the most from this video section, please utilize the included support document as you watch.
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