Video Lighting Hands-On Intensive

What You'll Learn

Good lighting is the key to professional-looking videos. Whether you are lighting an interview or a scene for a movie, there are some basic theories and techniques you need to know to get the best results.

In this all-day hands-on intensive we'll start with the basics and build from there. You'll learn about color temperature as well as the most common types of lighting instruments and how to use them to create 3-point lighting and beyond.

We'll be demonstrating with professional lighting equipment during the class, but we'll give you ideas and tips on how to achieve similar results with lower-cost equipment, including stuff you can find at the hardware store!

In the morning we'll cover:

  • Intro to color temperature and why it matters
  • Overview of the most common types of video lights
  • How to create basic 3-point lighting
  • How to modify and control the light
  • How to light a portable background

Once you are comfortable setting up basic 3-point lighting with various instruments and have a working knowledge of color temperature, you are ready to take it to the next level. In the afternoon we will go over common lighting exposure tools such as a waveform, zebras, false color and the histogram. Then we'll jump into some advanced lighting and light control techniques to help enhance your video productions.

The afternoon will cover:

  • Overview of lighting exposure tools
  • Using flags, nets, diffusion and color gels
  • Creating moods with lighting
  • Fixing glare from glasses and bald heads
  • Lighting in daylight situations

Who Should Take This

Beginning videographers who want to learn professional lighting. If you aren't comfortable with the manual controls on your camera, you should take Digital Video Camera & Lighting Basics first.

Presented By Lowel Pierce

Lowel Pierce

With 35 years in the film and video production world, Lowel Pierce has done a little of everything and enjoyed the variety. A Colorado native and graduate of CSU in Technical Journalism, Lowel has worked as a TV news photographer, a cinematographer in Saudi Arabia, a partner in a video production company. As both one-man-band and freelance Director of Photography for 22 years, Lowel has worked on indie features, shorts, documentaries, TV commercials, and high-end corporate productions earning a CINE Golden Eagle, Heartland Emmies, and Videographer Awards of Distinction.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $155.00

Non-Members: $175.00

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Customer Comments

Very helpful! I feel much more confident w/ lighting. Thanks, Lowel!Lisa
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Comments For: Video Lighting Hands-On Intensive

The instructor was amazing!Donald on 7/30/2017
Lowel is great! You can tell he is really passionate about what he does so it was really fun to learn from him.Kate on 11/16/2016
I thought the instructor, Lowell Pierce, was excellent. This was a lecture class and he still found a way for us to get hands on experience. I've taken several class in Photography and no one ever explained lighting the way he did!Veronica on 6/27/2015
Lowel's Video Lighting 101 and 102 was very informative. In the 101 class, he explained terms and different types of lighting and in 202 we had hands on with the lighting. The class was made of people with very different levels of understanding of video, and Lowel was able to help everyone. He provided real world experiences and technical information that I am going to be able to use right away. It was a great experience. ~ Thanks!Kimberly on 1/20/2015
Very helpful! I feel much more confident w/ lighting. Thanks, Lowel!Lisa on 10/20/2014
Very informative and very professional. The instructor fielded any question and always gave very enriching answers.Marvin on 1/18/2007


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