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Premium: Illumination Workshop Module One: Key Light

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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Click to Buy Illumination Workshop Module One: Key Light – $99

This is where it all starts, the key light and the human face. The window into your character’s soul, their emotions, and motivations. It is the most important subject you will ever light, and it all starts with where to place your key light. Shane takes what you think you knew were the basics and turns them on their head into one of the most elegant approaches to lighting you will ever find. He gives you 5 things to look for when lighting any face, and along with covering the classic key light positions, Shane shows you how moving the key light around the subject even just a few degrees can dramatically change the feeling of your shot.

These are timeless theories in lighting that anyone can use from corporate interviews to summer blockbusters.

Contains 1 hour and 45 minutes of video content and analysis.

You will learn:

  • 5 things to look for when lighting any face:
    • Drop shadow
    • The Wedge
    • Eye reflection
    • Nose shadow
    • Eye shadow
  • When to use certain types of diffusion
  • Where to place your diffusion
  • Secrets to organic looking bounce light
  • How to use color checkers to ensure rich accurate skin tones
  • How to know what side to light a subject from
  • Shane’s proprietary technique for testing how to light faces
  • The power of shaping light
  • Lighting in layers
  • Finding the emotion of a scene
  • Making the talents eyes “pop”
  • How angle of light can affect character perception/emotion/beauty

Click to Buy Illumination Workshop Module One: Key Light – $99

and then….

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All videos were edited on HP Z840 workstations using HP Z24x DreamColor monitors.

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