Through this comprehensive and practical lecture course, you will start to master the four key areas in the art of Cinematography — (1) Framing & Composition, (2) Coverage & Continuity, (3) Lighting Techniques, and (4) Lens Aesthetics.



For directors, apply this working knowledge to optimize the cinematic expression of your artistic vision. For aspiring cinematographers, use this as a springboard towards your filmmaking practice. Also recommended for film producers, editors, production designers, film critics, academics, and other lovers of cinema.





  1. axis of action & 30° rule
  2. balanced vs. unbalanced frame
  3. barger baglights
  4. color balance
  5. color-correct fluorescents
  6. compositional triangles
  7. connecting shots
  8. daylight/tungsten sources
  9. deep focus
  10. design principles & composition
  11. directionality
  12. freeform method
  13. fresnels
  14. full range of tones
  15. HMI units
  16. in-one method
  17. invisible technique
  18. Kino Flo units
  19. LED lights
  20. lens filtration
  21. lens height
  22. manipulating perspective
  23. master scene method
  24. movement in the visual field
  25. open face lights
  26. open vs. closed frame
  27. PARs
  28. selective focus
  29. soft lenses
  30. soft lights
  31. SoftSun
  32. three-point lighting
  33. triple-take method
  34. visual metaphor
  35. visual tension
  36. visual storytelling with the lens
  37. visual texture
  38. visual weight
  39. visualizing emotional subtext
  40. xenons