Cinematography with Natural Light

A course by Albin Sjödin
Cinematographer. Stockholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
, Cinematographer

Craft beautiful images using available light to enhance your story and awaken a sense of curiosity within the viewer

  • 96% positive reviews (153)
  • 5313 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Craft beautiful images using available light to enhance your story and awaken a sense of curiosity within the viewer



  • 96% positive reviews (153)
  • 5313 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 8m)
  • 25 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Lighting in cinematography has the power to seamlessly convey the message of a narrative and move the viewer with emotion. Cinematographer and director of photography Albin Sjödin is fascinated by the possibilities that lighting brings to a scene. He is known for his delicate yet striking use of lighting and has worked on music videos for labels like Sony Music, and for brands such as adidas and The Absolut Company.

In this course, Albin shows you his entire process when working with available light. From the pre-production process and working with mood boards and storyboards; the shooting stage using different intensities of light; to the post-production in DaVinci Resolve.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Pre Production
  • U3
    U3. The Shoot: High Key (Daytime) Lighting
  • U4
    U4. The Shoot: Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting
  • U5
    U5. Post Production
  • FP
    FP Final project
View details

Get to know Albin, how he got started in cinematography and how he found his voice within filmmaking. Explore his sources of inspiration from artists to different types of projects.

Start the pre-production phase with an introduction to mood boards and how they are used to explore the look you want to achieve. Then look at the different equipment for your project and which ones work best for the purpose of your film. See how Albin recreates his vision of a project through storyboards and use his template to create your own in Photoshop. Then, learn how to scout for locations and go through the process of the tech recce.

Prepare for shooting a bright version of your scene and learn to work with the different kinds of available light from your location. Then, shoot your closeups and wide shots, seeing how to play with your light sources to create your desired effect.

Move on to shooting your scene in low key lighting at night. Prepare your scene according to what you planned in the pre-production stage and shoot your closeups. Albin guides you through the different angles and lighting options to enhance the quality of your shots.

Learn how to edit both versions of your scene in DaVinci Resolve. Explore one of Albin’s favorite filmmaking processes: color grading. Albin then demonstrates his approach to color grading step-by-step for both scenes. Finish the course with Albin’s tips for creating a portfolio that represents your work and advice for future projects as an independent filmmaker.

What is this course's project?

Plan and create images for a scene, using available light in daytime and nighttime.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for aspiring cinematographers or for anyone interested in expanding their perspective on cinematography.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you don’t need any previous experience in cinematography.

As for materials, you will need basic camera equipment, a computer with DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Photoshop, an idea for a scene, an actor, and some basic light-shaping tools.


Reviews

5313 Students
153 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Albin Sjödin

A course by Albin Sjödin

Teacher Plus
Cinematographer

Albin Sjödin is a cinematographer based in Stockholm, Sweden, who works mainly for commercials, music videos, and short films. He began filmmaking at nineteen, after studying cinematography for three years in high school. What began as a passionate hobby gradually became a full-time career, shooting music videos and commercials in Stockholm and New York.

Albin’s distinct tone and style as a director of photography can be found in music videos for Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Music, as well as in commercials for adidas, The Absolut Company, Paypal, and more.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Pre Production

    • Location Scouting and Recce
    • Storyboard
    • Lenses and Equipment
    • Introduction and Mood board
  • U3

    The Shoot: High Key (Daytime) Lighting

    • High Key (Daytime) Lighting Wide Shots
    • High Key (Daytime) Lighting Closeups
    • High Key (Daytime) Lighting Preparation
  • U4

    The Shoot: Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting

    • Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting Wide Shots
    • Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting Close Ups
    • Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting Preparation
  • U5

    Post Production

    • Quick Edit
    • Color Grading High Key (Daytime) Footage 1
    • Color Grading High Key (Daytime) Footage 2
    • Color Grading Low Key Footage
    • How to Curate Your Work as an Independent Filmmaker
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cinematography with Natural Light

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates
    Plus

    If you're a Plus or PRO member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


FAQs

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.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

If you're a Plus or PRO member, when you complete a course you'll instantly get your personalized certificate. You can see all your certificates in the Certificates section of your profile. You can download your certificates as PDFs and share the link online. Learn more about certificates
Cinematography with Natural Light. Photography, and Video course by Albin Sjödin

Cinematography with Natural Light

A course by Albin Sjödin
Cinematographer. Stockholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (153)
  • 5313 students