Available Light

This course will cover the spectrum of available light sources and the technology behind colour temperature

Price per delegate: £320 + VAT

Duration: 1 Day

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What will you learn

You will learn the broad spectrum of available light sources and the technology behind colour temperature, specifically involving the role of sensors and dynamic range in fully capturing the creative capacity of your camera. You will know how to effectively shoot an interview with only a window as a light source, how to use backlight, kicker and reflector and the use of light to model the human face with its wide range of emotions. You will find out the importance of scheduling and why the significance of weather and the seasons affect where and when you shoot. 

Learn the skills of contrast, log filming and shooting with a handheld!

Who should attend

Combining instruction with practical, hands-on demonstrations and group activities, this course is designed to be accessible for anyone and everyone interested in capturing the light we have in front of us – from enthusiasts and corporate and wedding videographers to documentary visionaries and filmmakers. 

Course contents

Jeremy Humphries is a practising BBC trained documentary Director of Photography with over 30 years’ experience. His credits include Cutting Edge, Hunted and Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild. His company Skills2Film provides camera craft training to clients ranging from the castaways on the Bear Grylls, The Island series for Channel 4, to the BBC, Sony and numerous independent production companies.

Jeremy is passionate about available light – from daylight to mixed light to candles – it’s all to do with using the light we have in front of us to tell our story. From wedding videos to documentaries it’s what best evokes the emotion there and then, and with the cameras today do we need to artificially light on documentaries at all? It can save you time, money but fundamentally available light creates an atmosphere, a mood, captures your scene as it really is.


  • Colour temperature explained - and how to use creatively on your camera
  • Sensor and dynamic range explained

Craft with hands on:

  • Lighting an interview with just a window as light source 
  • From silhouette to flat lighting and when to use in your storytelling
  • Blending available light with your use of depth of field and composition
  • Shooting in mixed light – daylight and artificial
  • Most of us will shoot a handheld scene in available light – how to make it work
  • The things to watch: stop pulls, bright windows, shadows, neon signs 
  • The use of backlight, kicker and reflector
  • Supplementing your daylight 
  • Why does daylight engage our audience so well?
  • Utilising contrast: what we as humans are programmed to respond to
  • How we model the human face with light – in all its emotions
  • Creating a mood – using the sun behind your subject and even in your shot!
  • Your schedule, filming in the winter months, the weather
  • Log filming and how it helps you use contrast further

Practical work:

Using only available light, you will shoot:

  • An interview
  • An observational sequence 
  • A mood setting

All to be viewed on a big screen.

Courses can be run at various locations. Courses must have a minimum number of attendees in order to run. To discuss the exact location and times available please click ‘Enquire Now’ at the top of the page.