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Advanced Cinematography Techniques

A course by David Curto
Cinematographer. Valencia, Spain.
Joined July 2016
, Cinematographer

Learn lighting techniques to be able to develop the look of any audiovisual project in a professional way

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (277)
  • 10097 students

Learn lighting techniques to be able to develop the look of any audiovisual project in a professional way

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (277)
  • 10097 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 38m)
  • 22 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

The lens, the framing, and the color temperature are just some of the decisive elements that can help an image convey the emotions that the director intended. David Curto, a cinematographer who has worked with producers like Netflix, teaches you how to master the skills needed to face any audiovisual project.

In this course, learn advanced lighting and camera concepts to apply in your productions and tell your story effectively from a technical, emotional, and narrative point of view. Go one step further than David's first course, Introduction to Film Photography Direction, and discover how to light your sets like a professional.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and technical tools
  • U3
    U3. Filming
  • U4
    U4. Everything makes sense in the "post"
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by meeting David Curto and going through his professional career, including his interest in film and even his early work shooting weddings. Discover some of the artists that inspire his work, such as Hoyte Van Hoytema or Todd Hiddo, among others.

Next, review the different tools and get to know the optics, camera sensors, and different types of lights. This way, you will know which ones to choose to tell each story.

Lights, camera… action! Begin to prepare the shoot by setting up the scene. Then, see how one scene can be filmed in different ways, either in one or in several shots, and learn how to assess each of your decisions before hitting the record button.

Finally, David shows you the most used color spaces, how to make your own LUT (Look Up Table), and how to colorize your work according to the environment and mood you want. Finally, watch the finished piece and compare the sensations of the one-shot and multi-shot versions.

What is this course's project?

Tell a story by making a short piece—documentary or fiction—in which you apply the techniques and concepts learned throughout the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

All photography, cinema, and image lovers in general. Also, people who work in the audiovisual field and want to acquire new knowledge to apply in their projects.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you will need knowledge of the basic concepts of photography.

In terms of materials, you will need a computer, editing software, a phone or video camera, and the light sources that you would like to use in your project, from a common lamp to professional equipment.


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David Curto

A course by David Curto

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David Curto is in love with cinema and photography. He studied at the Higher School of Cinema and Audiovisual of Catalonia (ESCAC). A native of Spain, in 2010 he moved to Colombia, where he lived for 8 years. He currently divides his time between the two countries.

He has worked for brands such as Motorola, Honda, Ford, Avianca, Nestlé, and Heineken and has filmed music videos for artists like Sebastian Yatra, David Bisbal, Juan Magán, Aitana, Ana Guerra, Lalo Ebratt, Greeicy, Tini, and others. He worked as the director of photography on films such as The Boy by Craig Macnaill, Fucking Games and Anthropos by Spiros Stathoulopoulos, and Bad Lucky Goat by Samir Oliveros, presenting the latter worldwide at the SXSW festival in Austin (USA).


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Materials and technical tools

    • Spherical and anamorphic optics
    • Sensitometry
    • Camera sensors
    • Types of light
    • Light conditions
  • U3


    • Assembling the set
    • Shooting the sequence shot
    • Shooting of several planes
  • U4

    Everything makes sense in the "post"

    • Color spaces
    • How to do a LUT
    • Colorization
    • Final piece
  • FP

    Final project

    • Advanced Cinematography Techniques

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Advanced Cinematography Techniques. Photography, and Video course by David Curto Best seller

Advanced Cinematography Techniques

A course by David Curto
Cinematographer. Valencia, Spain.
Joined July 2016
  • 92% positive reviews (277)
  • 10097 students