Upcoming Event

Cinematographic Lighting | 2 Day Intensive | August 2024

Date: Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th, 2024
Duration: 2 x 8hr days
Cost: From AUD$695 (Price includes GST).
Location: Toffee Studios, 115 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Class Size: 18
Suitability: For Emerging and Early-Career DP's | Camera Operators and Camera Assistants looking to start shooting | Multi-discipline film makers looking to shoot better images | Early-Career Lighting crew
HotShot Qualifier?: Yes

This ShotClass Intensive workshop aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of essential cinematographic lighting techniques and more advanced concepts and practices, both in narrative work, and for shooting TVC’s, Music Video and high-end content.

How can this advance your career?

Want to learn how to light: effectively, creatively, professionally, expressively and quickly? This workshop is for you. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your skills with the guidance and expertise demonstrated by instructors with years of real on-set experience and currently working in the industry.

Over the two days, ACS Accredited cinematographer, Warwick Field ACS, will work with a professional gaffer to take you through everything you need to know to get started shooting award winning images. The key to success is a strong knowledge of the fundamentals that you will build on during your career. The course offers plenty of more advanced concepts you can take away and use on your next job. Learning with ShotClass in a realistic set-like workshop makes it clear why this is the best way to win jobs based on your superior skills, application and efficiency.

Participants will have hands-on opportunities to try out lighting themselves using a model and film set.

ShotClass is committed to providing a welcoming experience and access to events for everyone, regardless of your skill level, experience or needs. This includes physical venue access and consideration for people from diverse and marginalised groups as well as people with disabilities. As far as practical, we take into account the special requirements of our participants and providers.

‘Road To Perdition’ – Cinematographer: Conrad L Hall ASC

The intensive is run over 2 x 8 hour days.

Day 1 covers ‘Fundamentals of Lighting’. This includes:

  • The history of cinematography lighting and how it is relevant today.
  • Why we light – and what we are trying to achieve.
  • Working on set with your Gaffer and lighting crew.
  • Equipment Overview – we run through most of the types of lights used in cinematography
  • Natural vs Artificial light and Available light
  • Use of lighting modifiers like diffusion, gels, cutters and negative fill
  • Quality & Characteristics of Light
  • Basic Lighting setups, and when you can break the rules

‘Dune’ – Cinematographer: Greig Fraser ACS ASC

“Buitiful’ – Cinematographer: Rodrigo Prieto AMC

Day 2 covers ‘Advanced Lighting Techniques’. We look into:

  • Colour Temperature, RGBW LEDs and Lighting Gels and varying the camera white balance point for effect
  • Cinematic Lighting Styles
  • Practical Exercises
  • Augmented Lighting
  • Location Lighting
  • Special Effect Lighting

What’s Included?

  • Hands-on opportunities to practice lighting a subject and a film set.
  • Full professional digital cinema camera kit
  • Top Shelf Cine Lenses
  • Colour Accurate Monitoring
  • Professional Gaffer including their full complement of Pro lighting equipment
  • Professional Model, for lighting demonstrations
  • Film Set and Props
  • Tea/Coffee and Lunch is included. (Dietary options)
  • Participants attending both days will receive a ShotClass Certificate of Completion

‘Elvis’ – Cinematographer: Mandy Walker ACS ASC

Are you a HotShot?

ShotClass HotShots offer. Any returning ShotClass event participant is eligible for a special discount on most of our events. If you have previously completed one or more of our events, you are an automatic ‘HotShot’ and can purchase your ticket for less. It’s our way of saying thanks for participating.


There is no application process for this course, so ShotClass suggests you make your own appraisal as to whether the course is suitable for you.

Places are strictly limited. Don’t miss out. Register and Pay early to secure a lower price. The Registration form must be completed. See below under Book Here.

  • Early Bird* – Register & Pay by August 2nd: ACS Member**, or Student/HotShot $695.
  • Early Bird* – Register & Pay by August 2nd: Standard Entry $845
  • Register & Pay from August 3rd onwards: ACS Member**, or Student/HotShot $845.
  • Register & Pay from August 3rd onwards: Standard Entry $995

**Only 5 available at the ACS Member discount. Grab them before they’re gone. Full-time Students and HotShot is unlimited.

Remember, for most participants working in the industry, our events are Tax Deductible, so you could end up effectively paying nothing to build your knowledge and gain more work. Check with your Tax Agent or Accountant. Find out more here.

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**IF you change your mind or pick up a job and need to cancel up to 2 weeks before the course, you get full a refund, no questions asked.

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Warwick Field ACS

Warwick Field ACS

When he accidentally found himself lecturing film school students a few years back, Warwick realised how much he enjoyed sharing his passion with others. His love of cinematography – its art and its technicality – is contagious. Previous students have noted they were inspired by him to pursue a career in the industry, just as they were about to lose interest. He brings relatable experiences, anecdotes, knowledge and humour to his classes which creates an inclusive, enjoyable and engaging atmosphere in which to learn. During his 5 year tenure as President of the ACS (Vic), Warwick became aware of the lack of cinematography-focussed education. He planted the seed for high level masterclasses, running ACS events with the likes of Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC and Peter James ACS ASC which were a huge success.

In 2022, he established ShotClass to fill this void, curating educational events for serious cinematographers and camera crew.

Warwick Field ACS is an Australian-based, Australian Cinematographers Society Accredited cinematographer, camera operator and colourist. He was President of the ACS for 5 years. As a DP, his body of work includes Feature Films, TV Series, TVC’s, Music Video, Documentary and high-end corporate work. His specialties include narrative cinematography and visual storytelling and uses composition and camera movement to its full potential. Warwick operates both geared heads (wheels) and fluid heads. He is also an expert remote head operator, hand-held operator, gimbal operator and aerial cinematographer. Warwick’s passion for cinematography continues away from the camera as an educator and as a colourist, where he brings his eye and attention to detail to the grade to ensure the images reach their true potential.