Photo/Video Lighting on a Shoestring Budget

Marshall Rimmer, Filmmaker

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9 Videos (27m)
    • Trailer

    • Scouting the Location

    • White Balance (bonus lesson)

    • Necessary Purchases

    • Recommended & Optional Purchases

    • Deciding the Look

    • Sample Set-Up Walkthrough

    • Backdrop & Backlights

    • Final Tips

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About This Class

This class is designed for someone who would like to take their photo/video more seriously without breaking the bank.  Maybe you have a vlog and you wish you didn't have to hire someone else to shoot it.  Maybe you just wrote your first short film and aren't sure how you're going to film it. Maybe you're looking to photograph some clean portraits.


Hi, my name is Marshall Rimmer and I'm a cinematographer who has learned the craft through working on tiny sets with bare-bones equipment and no budget.  I'm here to teach you how to squeeze the most production value out of a shoestring budget.

Watch a sample of my cinematography here.

Photo/Video Lighting on a Shoestring Budget will not only show you which equipment to purchase, but it will provide you with 14 different professional looks, complete with examples and schematics for how to acheive each look.

This class is only $16! The $65 USD refers to equipment costs. Necessary purchases will be made at Ikea, Home Depot, and Guitar Center (or other similar stores).


In this course, students will:

  • Create a photo/video studio for under $65
  • Gain access to over a dozen informative PDFs explaining how to acheive professional looks
  • Learn lighting theory

146 of 150 students recommendSee All

Thanks for the course, great tips! You could add a section on putting on CTB on your warm bulbs to match the daylight, but other than that it was super. Also, it's good to flag out the background lights (rim/hair lights) so they don't shine directly into the lens, that will increase image quality and contrast. Small note for future videos: Use a lav mic or shotgun mic and keep the volume consistent.
Marshall is very enthusiastic on this topic and shows a great deal of knowledge.
Great way to simplify the subject, without making it sound unimportant. I learned a lot!





Marshall Rimmer


Marshall Rimmer is a video production professional who specializes in camerawork and lighting. His work has been shown on CNN, WIRED, G4TV, and IGN. Additionally, his short films have played at Academy Award qualifying festivals including South by Southwest, Palm Springs, Austin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Chicago International Children's.

Sample Projects:

Cinematography Sample

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

Facebook vs. Google+ Sketch

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