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Create Depth using Cinematic Lighting

teacher avatar Alex Sofonea, Filmmaker & Web Developer

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5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Shadows to create depth

    • 3. Colors to create depth

    • 4. Taking all in practise

    • 5. Conclusion

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About This Class

Cinematography is a big domain and lighting is a big and important part of it. In this class, we're going to create depth by using shadows and colors, which will immediately improve your videos!

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And if you want to learn even more about Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Cinematography feel free to check out my YouTube channel Lion TV Tutorials.

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Alex Sofonea

Filmmaker & Web Developer


Hi, I'm Alex and I'm a filmmaker & web developer. I'm passionate about filmmaking, cinematography, VFX, and anything that is part of the filmmaking industry and web development & design, and I also want to teach that. So here will you find classes about Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Cinematography, and Design. I'm hosting also a YouTube channel with weekly filmmaking, cinematography, video editing & VFX tutorials.


Since I started, I searched a lot for tutorials, but all of them were long and boring. I want to change that. Here will you find short classes which invite you to practice. I will not bore you with theory because I learned from my own experience that, without practice, you will not learn anything.

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1. Introduction: Cinematography is a really big domain and lighting is a small part, but the most important part of it. In this class, we are going to focus just on this topic. And after following this class, will immediately improve your footage just by applying these tips that I'm going to show you. The most important part is to create depth. And here you can use light and I'm going to show you with lots of examples to help you. And I'm also going to not bore you with lots of theory because filmmaking is all about practice. So I'm inviting you to practice and almost all the lesson will be just with practice and not to a theory. Thank you so much for watching. And I hope to see in the first lesson. 2. Shadows to create depth: Hello, I'm glad that you're joining my class and welcome in the first list. First of all, why we are lighting the scene. The first thing is because we don't want to have darkness into our movie. But omega shot much more cinematic. We can make it using light. This means to create that in this class will be just about this great thing that we're lacking. So in this first lesson, we are going to make that using shadows. The first mistake that many beginners filmmaker make is that they lived on the subject. Even. Of course, this is not in every scenario. Mistake because it depends on the story you want to tell through the lighting into the camera settings. But you need to pay attention to make death. This means do not like your subject completely flipped. What you should do is to place your life a little bit on the side of the subject to create shadows on a part of the face. This is considered a much more symmetric and the whole experience, and almost every film you use this action, they key light. The key light is the most important part from the lighting setup that you should have in your scene. The sun is a really good alternative if you don't have any lights, but if you can also diffuse their lives as example, if there is an overcast day or you can reflect their onto your window, you can solve them. They'd like to get a really soft key light. Of course, the killer can also be hard, but it will create another type of story which is often used in action films or drama. But in our case, what we want to create is that the subject is lit and evenly, but not to tell a story. In this scenario, we are making a simple shot in which you want to create depth. The first thing is to create shadows, but how to make this? Well, shadows are created by light that are fled from an object. Let's think the easiest example which will immediately take your shots to the next level. The easiest way to use the key light is to place it 45 degrees from the camera and it will create a small triangle onto your face. This triangle is often used in every Hollywood films and specific technique, which is used in almost every field. We'll immediately create much more cinematic shots. And it will, because it has a really professional choice. You can create, share those with any type of object just by not having the light on to your camera. This means to have it at least 45 degrees from your camera. And it will create shadows which will immediately make your shots cinematic. And it will create a debt, that word that we are searching in this class. And this was the first lesson. Thank you so much for watching and hope to see in the next lesson. 3. Colors to create depth: Hello. In this lesson, we are going to talk about colors to create that. Now we know to create depth using shadows, but let's get this to the next level. We fill in colors. We're not filming in black and white, so we can pay attention to colors. And now let's look at our good old friend, the color wheel right here. Like you've seen, there are multiple colors here on the corollary. If you drag an imaginary line through the color wheel, we can see the opposite colors as example, blue with yellow. And so by mixing these colors will create depth. The subject should have one color and the background, another one. By making this, you will make the subject popup. The human eye first looks at warm colors and only then are called cutters. So what you can do is to light up the subject, it warm colors in the background with cold colors. Again, if you're shooting with white light, you can use a big background. And again, to create debt because the human eye against looks at more prominent colors and only then at the other ones, and again to brighter and darker. Another tip is if you're filming with a dark background, your subjects should we or something bribe to make it pop out. And this was the lesson about colors, how to center next one. 5. Conclusion: And now we came to the end of our class. I hope that you learned something new. And if you want to learn even more about Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects and cinematography, feel free to check out my YouTube channel, which is just about it. Thank you so much for watching.