Basic Lighting for Audiovisual Projects

A course by Enrique Silguero
Director of photography. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/06/2012
, Director of photography

Learn to use the light as a feeling generator in your film works

  • 100% Positive reviews (103)
  • 2546 students
  • Spanish with subtitles
Basic Lighting for Audiovisual Projects

Learn to use the light as a feeling generator in your film works

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 100% Positive reviews (103)
  • 2546 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (3h 14m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish / English / Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

A director of photography, in a nutshell, realizes a director's vision through light. It is responsible for giving the desired look to a piece, using lights, shadows, color and composition to establish a narrative and generate the emotion that the director wants to awaken in the viewer.

In this course you will learn basic lighting techniques from the hand of Enrique Silguero, director of photography with experience in the largest television networks in Spain and in film projects, advertising and music videos.

At the end of the course you will understand the work of a cinematographer and you will be ready to start creating the visual aesthetics of your audiovisual projects.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparing our project
  • U3
    U3. Lighting basics
  • U4
    U4. How to give a cinematographic look to your projects and to illuminate outdoors
  • U5
    U5. Color correction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Enrique and doing a brief tour of his professional career. You will know references and relevant authors related to the light in the world of direction, photography and painting, that Enrique has served to improve his work.

Then you will prepare your project, understanding the important aspects that must be taken into account on light, color and space, and then create a dossier or style book that will define the look of the project.

You will learn basic lighting concepts, starting with the choice of space and its attributes, and the narrative language of your camera's optics. Then you will learn about the types of light, its direction, the contrast between two lights, to end with the classic scheme of three lights for an interview.

Once you have learned the classics, you will have the opportunity to break with the schemes to create your own style experimenting with different planes, lights and optics. You will also learn to work light in an outdoor setting, and in a space that you previously have no reference to before tackling it.

Finally, you will learn some keys and postproduction tips to achieve an academically correct grading.

What is this course's project?

Throughout the course, you will realize three projects: you will adapt a space for an interview with artificial or natural light and assemble the plan, you will create a small staging for a fiction and, finally, you will carry out an outdoor practice, taking into account the environment and the perfect time.

Who is it for?

To anyone interested in learning to illuminate their audiovisual projects.

What you need

You will need a camera that records video, accompanied by three optics: angular, normal and tele. You will also need to have three LED lights and two reflectors.

Finally, it is necessary to have a computer with DaVinci Resolve (free) installed.


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Enrique Silguero

A course by Enrique Silguero

Director of photography

Enrique Silguero (Salamanca, 1976) is a cinematographer with experience in films, television series, documentaries, video clips, short films and advertisements. In his words, his specialty is telling stories through light, shadow, color and composition.

His work can be seen on the main Spanish television channels: the Ministry of Time on TVE, Cuarto Milenio en Cuatro, Chapter 0 on #Cero de Movistar Plus. He has worked in video clips of La Oreja by Van Gogh, Miguel Bosé and Malú. In advertising it counts among its clients Sony, Coca-Cola, Adidas and Iberdrola.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing our project

    • The keys of light
    • The style book
  • U3

    Lighting basics

    • The narrative language of optics
    • Light quality: Choosing the type of lights
    • Direction of light: The expressive power of light.
    • The contrast and the zonal key
    • The classic lighting scheme with three lights and the use of color
  • U4

    How to give a cinematographic look to your projects and to illuminate outdoors

    • Creating your own style The expressive use of light and framing.
    • Lighting in a real setting
    • Illuminating for fiction: cinematographic aesthetics and the continuity of light.
    • Outdoor lighting day
  • U5

    Color correction

    • Keys to creative color grading
  • FP

    Final project

    • X Introduction to photography direction for video

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Basic Lighting for Audiovisual Projects. A Photograph, , and Video course by Enrique Silguero

Basic Lighting for Audiovisual Projects

A course by Enrique Silguero
Director of photography. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/06/2012
  • 100% Positive reviews (103)
  • 2546 students