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Introduction to Film Photography Direction

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

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

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (288)
  • 9047 students
Introduction to Film Photography Direction

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (288)
  • 9047 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (2h 46m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Telling a story and enhancing your emotions through lighting, colors and the camera is an art that, in order to master it, you need to understand the light and its language. David Curto is a cinematographer with 8 years of experience working with everything that has to do with image, light and camera to translate a script into images.

David has made films and spots advertising for brands such as Netflix, Avianca and Ford and music videos for artists such as David Bisbal and Juan Magán, among many others.

In this course you will learn basic notions about creativity and the direction of cinematographic photography. You will also see how you can convey the emotions of the characters in a script, through lighting and the camera in two narrative genres.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. Preparation and materials
  • U4
    U4. Filming
  • U5
    U5. Post-production: final setting
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will meet David Curto, who will tell you about his love for film and photography, his time at the renowned ESCAC school in Barcelona (Spain), and the different projects in which he has been able to participate in Colombia, Spain and the United States. You will discover its main influences among paintings, films, favorite cinematographers and pictorial references.

You will start preproduction learning to face script reading. This time David has prepared two very different scenes to shoot in the same space. You will see some of their methods of inspiration and their creative process to prepare the narrative of the characters and work the emotions through light, colors and the camera. Then you will discover how is the process of locating or scouting and prepare the lighting and camera design for the shooting of both scenes.

Having read the script and done the scouting , you will start preparing the lighting and camera design for your scenes. First you will know the basic narrative aspects to choose a camera and the optics and, also, you will learn about the types of lighting sources and all their characteristics. Then you will choose some materials for filming.

David will teach you to illuminate, to position the camera and how to exhibit. You will arm, illuminate and record in a set designed for a romantic scene, and then you will repeat the process with a dramatic scene.

After filming, you will learn to colorize and export your piece in a video editing software, ideally DaVinci Resolve, and you will learn about details such as formats, aspects and most commonly used codecs.

At the end of the course you will have all the necessary knowledge to tell your own story using the lighting and the camera.

What is this course's project?

The course project consists of making two cinematographic scenes from a script and in the same space, emphasizing the visual narrative, being able to transmit different emotions in a single location through the camera and the light.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To fans of the world of cinematography, audiovisual and everything that has to do with image and narrative.

What you need

You will need basic knowledge of photography, camera management and a lot of creativity. On the materials, you will need a computer with a free editing program (DaVinci Resolve is recommended), a video camera and a lighting source that you have at your fingertips.


9047 Students
288 Reviews
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David Curto

A course by David Curto

Director of photography

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, Heineken and has filmed video clips for artists such as Sebastian Yatra, David Bisbal, Juan Magán, Aitana, Ana Guerra, Lalo Ebratt, Greeicy, Tini, among others, and also performed the photography direction of films such as The Boy by Craig Macnaill, Fucking Games and Anthopos 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 during the course?
  • U2


    • Script reading
    • Creativity and inspiration
    • Scouting
    • Designing the cinematography of our history
  • 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. A Photography, and Video course by David Curto Best Seller

Introduction to Film Photography Direction

A course by David Curto
Director of photography. Valencia, Spain.
Joined July 2016
  • 98% Positive reviews (288)
  • 9047 students