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Introduction to Film Photography Direction

A course by David Curto
Director of photographyDirector of Photography. Valencia, Spain.
Joined July 2016
, Director of photographyDirector of Photography

Learn to convey the emotions of a story through light and a camera

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (408)
  • 14296 students

Learn to convey the emotions of a story through light and a camera

The ability to tell a story and enhance its emotional charge through lighting, colors, and the camera requires an understanding of light itself. With more than a decade of experience translating scripts into images, director of photography David Curto has mastered these aspects of filmmaking to tell stories like few others can. He has made films and advertising spots for brands such as Netflix, Avianca, and Ford and music videos for artists such as David Bisbal and Juan Magán, among others.

In this online course, learn the fundamentals of photography and creative direction for films. David teaches you how to extract key character emotions from a script in two different genres and convey them through lighting and your lens.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 29 downloads

Script reading
7 minutes, 48 seconds
Creativity and inspiration
16 minutes, 46 seconds
13 minutes, 50 seconds
Camera and optics
13 minutes, 55 seconds
12 minutes, 21 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (408)
  • 14296 students
  • 20 lessons (2h 46m)
  • 29 additional resources (19 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Interpret a script to film two distinct scenes in the same space, emphasizing the visual narrative and conveying different emotions in a single location through your camera and lighting.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who loves film, the audiovisual world, and everything related to images and storytelling.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of photography and camera use is essential for this course, as well as a good dose of creativity. In terms of materials, you need a computer with a free editing program (DaVinci Resolve is recommended), a video camera, and access to a light source or lighting equipment.


14296 Students
408 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

David Curto

A course by David Curto

Teacher Plus
Director of photographyDirector of Photography

David Curto is a huge fan of film and photography. He studied both at the ESCAC in Barcelona and then moved to Colombia in 2010, where he lived for eight years. He currently splits his time between both countries.

He has collaborated with brands such as Motorola, Honda, Ford, Avianca, Nestlé, and Heineken and has shot music videos for artists including Sebastian Yatra, David Bisbal, Juan Magán, Aitana, Ana Guerra, Lalo Ebratt, Greeicy, and Tini. He has also worked as a director of photography on films such as The Boy by Craig Macnaill, Fucking Games and Anthopos by Spiros Stathoulopoulos, and Bad Lucky Goat by Samir Oliveros, which premiered worldwide at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.


  • U1


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


    • Script reading
    • Creativity and inspiration
    • Scouting
    • Designing the cinematography of our story
  • U3

    Preparation and materials

    • Camera and optics
    • illumination
    • Materials we are going to use
  • U4


    • Illuminating the set (Scene 1, Romance)
    • Positioning the camera and exposure (Scene 1, Romance)
    • Action (Scene 1, Romance)
    • Lighting up the set (Scene 2, Drama)
    • Positioning the camera and exposure (Scene 2, Drama)
    • Action (Scene 2, Drama)
  • U5

    Post-production: final setting

    • Colorization I
    • Colorization II
    • Formats
    • Final piece
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to cinematographic photography direction

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Introduction to Film Photography Direction. Photography, and Video course by David Curto Best seller

Introduction to Film Photography Direction

A course by David Curto
Director of photographyDirector of Photography. Valencia, Spain.
Joined July 2016
  • 99% positive reviews (408)
  • 14296 students