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

  • 95% Positive reviews (75)
  • 2776 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

  • 95% Positive reviews (75)
  • 2776 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (3h 8m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

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.

About this 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
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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.

Who is it for?

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

What you need

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.


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Albin Sjödin

A course by Albin Sjödin


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.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Pre Production

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

    The Shoot: High Key (Daytime) Lighting

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

    The Shoot: Low Key (Nighttime) Lighting

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

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Cinematography with Natural Light. A Photography, and Video course by Albin Sjödin

Cinematography with Natural Light

A course by Albin Sjödin
Cinematographer. Stockholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
  • 95% Positive reviews (75)
  • 2776 students