Ever heard lighting is crucial in every aspect of filmmaking? Chances are, you have! Learn the basics of film lighting with cinematographer Andrey Beresnev.

Film Lighting:
Complete Guide by Andrey Beresnev

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Film Lighting 101:
Complete Guide by Andrey Beresnev

Ever heard lighting is crucial in every aspect of filmmaking? Chances are, if you’re a filmmaker, you have! Learn the basics of film lighting with cinematographer Andrey Beresnev.

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Intro

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Light factors

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Accent

61

Volume

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Mood

149

3-point lighting

194

Key light

234

Fill light

255

Back light

264

Equipment

320

Different roles

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Importance of lighting

645

Tips & tricks

727

Location

755

Light motivation

773

Side key light

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Ending

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Meet Andrey

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What you’ll learn

Nail the 3-point lighting: Key, fill and back light.

Use negative fill: For creating an artificial shadow.

Work with different light sources to overpower the sunlight with artificial light.

Reflect light & achieve cinematic lighting by diffusing light on a negative field.

Contrasting the image: The main principles of light and shadow contrast.

Essential factors in film lighting: Accent, volume, mood & atmosphere.

Masterclass Chapters

In this Masterclass, Wedio teamed up with Andrey Beresnev to teach you all about film lighting.

Light factors

In this first chapter, Andrey tells us all about light factors. Such as accents, volume, mood & atmosphere.

Accent

First of all, let's start with accents. With their help, you can highlight objects, emotions, or people, that are crucial to the story.

Volume

To make a picture beautiful, you make it volumetric – creating volume using a cinematic light.

Mood & atmosphere

Light doesn't need to be beautiful. It needs to tell a story. And this is where mood and atmosphere come in.

3-point lighting

The 3-point lighting technique is used in middle shots as it doesn't require much effort.

Key light

The first source of light is the key light. It highlights the most important part of your character.

Fill light

Then you have the fill light. This source covers the shadows and dark areas of the pictures.

Backlight

The third point is the backlight. Used to create the silhouette, it helps the character and the actor stand out from the scene.

Lighting equipment

Working with a natural light source like the sun can be highly useful. To control these sources, you will need objects to reflect light – such as white fabric, a mirror, etc.

Learn more about which lighting equipment and light sources are best for beginners.

Different roles

Andrey presents to us the different roles and jobs of film lighting. The person deciding could be a director of photography, but it can also be a client or a brand.

Importance of lighting

Andrey reminds us why light is so important. For him, it is because we speak a visual language. And light can convey a lot of emotions.

Tips & tricks

He gives us some tips and tricks that he uses daily. For him, practice is essential.

Location

Choosing a location is of high importance. Sometimes it already has everything necessary to be cinematic enough.

Light motivation

Then, as soon as you have found your location, start to think about what can motivate your light. And how it can help you build the story.

Side key light

Finally, using the side key light is essential. It looks more uncomplicated and more cinematic from all the lighting schemes.

About Your Instructor

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Andrey Beresnev

Cinematographer

Moscow, Russia

“Love for the business, self-improvement of working skills, and networking will help in the film industry.”

Andrey Beresnev is a Director of Photography specializing in cinematic lighting.

Andrey is also the author of the Andbery YouTube Chanel.

Andrey works in the industry since 2013 in Russia and the UK. Andrey has worked on many music videos, docs, commercials, movies, and more.

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