Camera & Lighting Techniques Course:

If you are a Photographer trying to transition to video or a filmmaker hoping to improve your video production through lighting, this advanced course is perfectly for you.
Learning how to move the camera , record sound and deal with footage in post-production are important steps but if you think about it , the essence of stills and motion is Light.
Both are creative interpretation of what we consider ( REALITY ) to be and regardless the medium, what really matters is the story we are trying to tell.
So just because our cameras can capture images at extremely high sensitivities it doesn't mean that we don't light OR need to light.
We shall start this advanced lighting course by covering how lighting & Location can work together to create a scene, then we will walk you through several scenarios using natural light & artificial lights.

Students learning how to operate advanced camera jimbals at Proline Film Academy
Students learning how to operate advanced cameras at Proline Film Academy

We Are The Best

To make a film means to be a producer, requiring a combination of the art and techniques of film narration and the tricks of finance.
Being a producer is also about giving adequate answers to questions that underlie the desire and reasons for producing:
What to produce? Why? How?
Both objectively and subjectively, these questions determine the entire cultural or commercial vision, the strategy behind any movie or video production.
[ says Mr. Henry Nsereko Kiwanuka ]
Throughout this course we will cover: - How to guide the viewer's eye attention, Reveal or obstruct objects, Depth to the scene, Achieve variety of moods & effects, all these through the proper use of lights and often with simple tools.
Ready to launch into the exciting world of film and video production? In this path, you'll learn best practices and expert techniques for everything from location scouting and lighting to audio recording and post-production.

Why Chose PFA?

Our Main Objectives in this Lighting & Camera course is to prove that you understand why and what to light doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment or a Hollywood budget, that we can harvest resources like natural and available light and work with practical lights to enhance our stories.
Through detailed instruction, tongue-in-cheek sketch illustrations, and hands-on examples, we'll show you the fundamentals of cinematic lighting and how you can use light as a paintbrush to tell your stories like the pros, with just the right look, exposure.
This course introduces students to the world of advanced camera and Lighting techniques for profession filming.
This Course provides a fundamental knowledge of lighting types, principles, techniques, and applications used to produce a desired look.
This is an advanced lighting course for cinematographers wanting to expand their knowledge in lighting for film and television.

Students learning how advanced camera movement at Proline Film Academy

This is the most advanced lighting course for cinematographers, gaffers and freelance filmmakers who want to explore dramatic lighting techniques for feature films.
Through lectures, screenings, and discussions, this class covers the importance of light in visual storytelling.
Through hands-on exercises, the class tackles challenging lighting situations with a goal of achieving a specific visual aesthetic.

Learn advanced Lighting techniques for your next projects: 

Students tackle creative and technical challenges of cinematography, they learn how to scout a location, plan lighting requirements of a scene and how to work collaboratively as a film crew.
Students light scenes with HMI, tungsten and fluorescent lights and use grip equipment to "shape the light" in a series of exercises.

Good lighting can transform any scene, regardless of your camera and location, Of any production expense, it's where you get the most value.
Students light a variety of interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces, car interiors, day and night street scenes, and dramatic situations with actors.
Develop the skills you need to light any shooting situation in this course with audio and video professional, Artist Henry, A.K.A Kiwasonic introduces you to a few extra pieces of gear that will make your job easier and then shows how to light indoor and outdoor spaces, supplement daylight, and work with what you've got, whether it's dimmer switches or lampshades.
Proline Film Academy's industry partnerships also makes sure your course is always up to date, and provide you with opportunities and contacts.

Why Choose Us

Dive into the most advanced lighting workshop for cinematographers, gaffers, and freelance filmmakers who want to explore dramatic lighting techniques for feature films. Successful filmmakers all over the world consider lighting to be a primary tool in visual storytelling.

  • Professional Workflow

    Creative decision making lies at the core of great filmmaking. To shoot a movie, you need to understand how the equipment works, but more importantly, you need to know how the choices you make—composition, exposure, lighting, etc.—impact the way the audience sees the film. This Cinematography class covers starting from the basics to the advanced techniques that you need to shoot a modern motion picture and tell stories in the most powerful way possible.

  • Become a Cinematographer

    Cinematography is the language of communicating with moving images. To become a pro behind the lens, you need to understand movement, composition, lighting, and storytelling. These courses can help you build a foundation of knowledge and give you the vocabulary to develop your skills.

  • Cinematography

    Find out how to get started in video production and editing. PFA Reviews the tools and techniques aspiring video professionals need to know to launch a successful career. Learn how to shoot a motion picture and tell stories in a powerful way where we cover narrative filmmaking techniques. Learn the art and craft of cinematography from where we cover blocking actors, lighting sets, rehearsing, and shooting on a film set. Learn how to increase the production value and emotional depth of your shots with camera movement. Get tips on choosing lighting equipment, setting up low-key lighting, and shooting great interviews, B-roll, and more. Use PFA lighting techniques to get cinematic results.

Students learning how to operate advanced cameras and lighting at Proline Film Academy
Students learning how to virtual sets at Proline Film Academy

Our Benefits

Through filming we transform youth to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs into agents of change as you advance your life and discover your purpose in order to close the unemployment gap within the youth.

  • Video Lighting

    Lighting has changed in the last few years. With so many choices, how can you know what type of lights are right for your video production? PFA helps you evaluate your specific needs so you can keep costs low and make informed equipment selections.
    Explore traditional and emerging lighting options, See how different lights perform in specific settings, like on-location or in studio, and for different purposes, like lighting talent during interviews or illuminating large rooms.
    Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of electronically controlled lights, some LED lights have advance, computer-like circuitry, so you can vary color and output.

  • Lighting Green Screen

    Learning how to evenly light your green screen backdrop will give you better results when it comes time to edit your video.
    Lighting a green screen is fairly simple from a technical perspective, yet many DPs who don’t have much experience with chroma key work are prone to making some unfortunate mistakes on set.
    Unlike traditional film lighting, which is all about finding contrast and mood by balancing light and shadows, lighting a green screen is all about evenness and consistency.
    The most crucial thing to remember when lighting your green screen: any area of the backdrop that appears in the frame must be lit perfectly even and exposed correctly.

  • Shooting with Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

    The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are some of the hottest cameras on the market. The ability to shoot both raw video and high-quality production codecs makes these cameras ready for the most demanding jobs.
    This course reviews the entire workflow for using the Blackmagic Pocket, Micro, and Studio Cinema Cameras from preproduction to post. Learn how to choose the best Blackmagic camera for your shoot, power your camera and extend its battery life, and attach and swap lens. Plus, learn how to prep SD cards, CFAST cards, and SSDs to record; navigate the Blackmagic menu system; and choose the right settings for common production scenarios.

  • Documentary Storytelling

    What makes a documentary compelling?
    How do you tell your best story?
    Join PFA tutors for a tactical, inspiring class on balancing artistry and authenticity in short films
    Find out how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Adobe Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques.
    This course breaks down the documentary process into a series of stages that correspond to the milestones of a real client project.

01. About Our Advanced Lighting & Camera Techniques Course: Inside the COURSE CONTENTS


[A] - All creatives with a passion for visual communication and artists who would like to get a Profession introduction to film looks.
[B] - High School leavers who need to turn filming / Photography as a paying job.
[C] - Marketing and communication professionals who would like to gain a better understanding of the creative workflow.

Students learning how to operate advanced camera sliders for motion graphics at Proline Film Academy


Our film school is recognized as a place dedicated to developing your unique voice as a filmmaker and ultimately the place from which you can launch your career through the work you will produce and the many industry professionals you will meet during your time with us..

Students learning how to operate advanced camera and lighting techniques at Proline Film Academy

Pro - Lighting

Part of what makes Proline Film Academy one of the best Media schools in East Africa is the vast variety of film workshops designed for every schedule and learning goal.
Our Media school is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice.

Student's learning environment at Proline Film Academy

Modern Classes

Our mission is to inspire a new generation of creative professionals. We bring the education and screen industries together in a creative environment, driven by great teaching and practical, hands-on experience, led by inspiring role models.

Students learning how to operate advanced car mounts for motion graphics at Proline Film Academy

High-tech gears

Beyond the theory and history of cinema, Our Media school places an emphasis on hands-on experience.
P.F.A offers a wide variety of workshops in filmmaking that allow students to obtain a strong foundation in a short period of time.

Semester One:

  • Introduction to Filming / Photography Lighting principles.
  • Lighting Gears.
  • Soft and hard lighting sources.
  • Color Temperature
  • Define the lighting crew on the set
  • Stops & F-Stops.
  • Exposure Tools.
  • Using Zebras.

Semester Two:

  • Advanced Lighting Color theory.
  • Motivated lighting and lighting planes
  • How a lighting source and it’s direction impact "look” Key light, backlight, and background light, Top light, eye light, and accent light.
  • Inverse Square Rule.
  • Introduction to Waveform Monitor.
  • Dynamic Range.
  • Advanced Lighting for Illustrations.

Semester Three:

  • Lighting People, Products and Cars
  • Light Meters & Contrast Ratios.
  • Managing Unwanted Shadows.
  • The 3 Points Lighting Outdoors with the sun as Your Edge Light.
  • Advanced Lighting for Animations.
  • Advanced Lighting for Virtual sets
  • Advanced Lighting for Green Screens


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Also referred to as a director of photography, the cinematographer is the individual responsible for the actual shooting of a film.
All relevant aspects falls under their purview; such as lighting, camera placement, angles and movement.
Widely accepted is the notion that through the proper use of filming elements, the cinematographer can successfully deliver the essence and tenor of the feature.

What Is Cinematography?

In 1903, the first silent movie, The Great Train Robbery, was introduced to the world.
Since that time, motion picture technology has advanced significantly. However, cinematography is still one of the most important aspects of making any motion picture.
Cinematography involves the use of special cameras to capture moving images.
When these moving pictures first captured the world at the beginning of the 20th century, this was accomplished by capturing several different still images and showing them in rapid succession. Today, however, the majority of cinematographers rely on digital technology.
Some cinematographers do still use physical film, though, but usually only when they are trying to create a certain look or mood for a motion picture.

Work Environment:

Cinematographers are probably the most important people that work to create motion pictures. Without these professionals, moving images would not be captured, and there would be no motion picture.

These professionals, however, never work alone. Instead, they collaborate with several other motion picture professionals during the filming of a movie.
For example, they are constantly communicating with the director, who gives instructions on what he envisions for each scene. It is then the cinematographer’s job to capture the perfect shots.

A cinematographer will also usually work with lighting technicians and set designers as well.
The lighting technicians will manipulate or adjust the lighting to ensure that the cinematographer is able to capture each scene perfectly.
In some cases, heavy camera equipment must also be made very portable.
Cinematographers will often work with set designers to build contraptions to hold cameras that glide on rails.

In many instances, a cinematographer will also work with several other cinematographers as well.
This is especially true of larger productions, such as major motion pictures. Smaller budget projects, on the other hand, may only require one cinematographer.

While shooting a moving picture, a cinematographer will usually need to work out which angles will work out best for each scene.
Typically, the angles that a cinematographer shoots from will be determined by several different factors, including lighting and action, along with the director’s vision. In many cases, a cinematographer will shoot the same seem from several different angles.

Cinematographers are not only needed to shoot motion pictures.
Some cinematographers might also capture moving images for television shows, documentaries, and advertisements as well.


Lighting technicians are often called ‘sparks’.
These guys work in the film, TV and video production industries and are specially trained to operate technical lighting equipment.
They’re responsible for setting up and operating equipment under the supervision of a lighting director or a ‘gaffer’.

TV shows and films cannot be shot in the dark, and therefore lighting technicians are an absolutely vital part of the production process.
These guys’ expert use of different lights can give a film its distinctive style. Indeed, different lights give scenes different moods and stylistic flourishes.

If you pursue a career as a lighting technician, you might be responsible for rigging up lighting equipment, carrying out lighting tests, positioning lights during shoots, and managing the inventory of bulbs and filters.
Furthermore, you might be required to test new technologies and operate lighting boards from time to time.

As you progress in your career, you might become an assistant chief lighting technician (often called the ‘best boy’).
In this position, you’ll be responsible for coordinating the activities of all the different technicians, liaising with the rest of the production team and providing direct assistance to the ‘gaffer’.
The gaffer is in charge of all the practical lighting tasks.
They oversee the work of the technicians and best boys, and work closely with the lighting director to make the big, creative lighting decisions.
They might even offer recommendations about specific equipment.

The lighting director is the big dog of the lighting team.
These guys use their expert technical knowledge and creative flair to decide how the lighting setup will meet the director’s overall creative vision for a scene.
They oversee all the lighting activity and create detailed plans that determine where certain rigs and coloured lights are used.

Lighting directors, also known as lighting designers, work on theater productions including dances and plays.
They create and manage all aspects of lighting for a production.
Lighting directors work with the artistic and production staff to support the director's plans for the production.

Lighting directors begin by designing a lighting plan for the production.
They use set designs, theater plans, storyboards, photos, computer software and scripts to create lighting cues and devise a layout.
Throughout the rehearsal and design process, the lighting director must edit and develop this plan. Safety concerns and special effects must be considered.
A complete light plot must be approved.
The plot must include the locations, colors and dimmers for all lights that are to be included in the production, along with lighting cues.
The lighting director must also work within a lighting budget.
They must inventory equipment and order any additional items needed for their lighting plan.