Cinematography Fundamentals Virtual Workshop


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Cinematography is to Filmmaking like a Lens is to a Camera; neither can function without the other. Hence, Cinematographers have one of the most essential jobs in any film production: bringing a director’s vision to life.

They do this by creating unforgettable images that will have a meaningful impact on our minds. But artistry apart, Cinematography is also a highly technical field. A good Cinematographer needs to know the physics of optics, the chemistry of laboratory processing, the electronics of video cameras and the mathematics of exposure. If ever there was a profession that married science and art, it is the profession of Cinematography.

Living Bridge’s philosophy of learning by doing means that our students develop their technical skills and artistic identities through a dynamic combination of classroom experience, practical hands-on exercises, and instructor-led individual projects. To this end, all students will be able to shoot at a basic level as well as appreciate the creative possibilities of cinematography.


  • Understand, through lectures and exercises, the basic concepts of the Camera and how operate and manipulate its properties to create meaning and story in the visual medium of moving images.
  • Gain essential “know-how” of standard practices and methodologies of the cinematography profession so that each participant can begin working on their own projects after the workshop. 
  • Through screenings of master cinematographers as well as interaction with the mentor, give every participant an opportunity to  get inspired and discover their own creative identity.
  • Through innovative exercises and a final short film project, ensure that the core principles of cinematography are ingrained in every individual.

The Workshop will be conducted over 5 Weeks on weekends from 10:00 to 13:00 & 15:00 to 18:00.

Cinematography Fundamentals Online Workshop


WEEK 1: Camera Basics, Visual Composition and the Human Eye
  • The Camera
    • History of camera: Pin Hole to SLR, various Camera Formats (film), Image Formation.
  • Still / Video Camera
    • DSLR Camera, Video Camcorders.
    • Assignment 1: Creating a Story Board.
  • Digital Video / Cinema Camera
    • Digital Video, Digital Cinema Cameras and Formats.
  • Visual composition, Human Eye and Lens
    • Rules of Composition; Visual Mediums, Painting, and Graphic Art.
    • Visual Metaphors in Compositions; B&W, Monochrome, and Colour.
    • Comparison between Human Eye and a Camera Lens.
  • Lens Properties
    • Simple lens, focus, types of lenses, principles of depth of field/depth of focus; Circles of Confusion.
    • Assignment 2: Selective Focus Exercise.
WEEK 2: Advanced Camera Concepts, Movement, and Lens
  • Image Exposure
    • Exposure Formulas, Aperture, Shutter, ISO; Exposure Triangle Relationship, White Balance, Colour Temperature, Digital Exposure Tools, Dynamic Range.
  • Lens Language
    • All kinds of Cinema Lenses, Lens Design, Lens Perspective, Resolving Power/MTF for a Lens.
    • Assignment 3: Depth of Field Exercise.
  • Digital Sensors
    • Types of Sensors.
    • Bayer Pattern Sensor: A to D Conversion in a Bayer Sensor, De-Bayering and RGB Image Processing.
  • Camera Movement
    • Simple Camera Movement: Pan and Tilt.
    • Track and Trolley: Perspective & Image size change. 
    • Handheld/Steadicam/Gimble Camera Operation Methods, Image Stabilization.
  • Lens Properties
    • Simple lens, focus, types of lenses, principles of depth of field/depth of focus; Circles of Confusion.
    • Assignment 4: Selective Focus.
WEEK 3: Lighting
  • Lighting 1: Natural World
    • Observing Natural Light: Daylight- sunlight and skylight, and Natural Incandescent Light Sources.
    • Basic Properties and Characteristics of Light: Reflection, Refraction etc. Emr and Visible Light Spectrum.
  • Lighting 2: Artificial/ Practical Light Sources
    • Light Housing Design, Professional Light Bulbs, Use of Colour Filters, Household Practical Sources, Mired Value and Mired Shift.
  • Lighting 3
    • Inverse Square Law, Limitations of using ISL, Understanding Contrast in Lighting, Single Source Lighting.
    • Assignment 5: Night lighting – Create a Scene.
  • Lighting 4
    • Augmentation for  Single Source Lighting while Using Practical Sources, Classical 3 Point Lighting, Ratio Lighting, High key/low key.
  • Colour Science
    • Human visual system: Retina and Colour Perception, Colour models-hsv/hsl, Additive and Subtractive colour models.

WEEK 4: Color, Workflow, and Final Film
  • Color aesthetic; Design Application
    • Art movements, Paintings, from Newton’s color Wheel to Goethe, Maxwell, X-Rite Color charts and it’s Application in Cinematography.
    • Discussion on Troubleshooting/Problems while Shooting.
  • Basic Camera Workflow
    • Camera Workflows – from Origination to Deliverable
  • Color Management; Color Spaces
    • Color management-from shooting to color correction
    • Different color Spaces for Different types of Deliverables.
  • Screening and Assessment
    • Review/Assessment/Appreciation of the course ending Short Film.
Demonstrations are purely based on pre-recorded internet based videos and study material. A full-length film list will be provided to students for their self analysis and understanding of the craft; some of these will be discussed in the class from time to time (so watch as many as you can). Some films that are already a part of the curriculum are mandatory. For the final short-film the core ideas will be decided by the Mentor, Lalit Tewari and Living Bridge.

Prerequisites for the workshop

  • One needs to have a DSLR or at least a semi DSLR/Mirrorless Camera with Minimum HD video recording capability and a tripod.
  • Before commencing of the course, participants need to submit 5 still photographs and a short video clip, to assess their orientation towards the course (details for the submission will be provided when you register).

About the Mentor

Lalit Tiwari Cinematography Professor Pune

Lalit Tewari


Over the past 23 years Lalit Tewari, an independent cinematographer has worked on a wide range of productions, from ad films and TV shows to feature films and documentaries. He approaches every new project with gusto and is always looking for opportunities to challenge himself and learn something new. Learning, Lalit believes is a lifelong process and the only way one can gain vitality in any walk of life.

Having accumulated a vast pool of knowledge and experience, Lalit has also been teaching for the past few years. He was an Associate Professor in the Cinematography department at FTII, Pune for 8 years. He has conducted short cinematography courses at Bhavan’s College; SIES; Wilsons College; IIT, Mumbai; NID; MIT and Living Bridge, Pune.

“Inspiring passionate students to pursue a career in filmmaking would be one of my biggest achievements”, says Lalit. He believes it is his duty to share his expertise with budding filmmakers and show them the path to achieve their goals.

Lalit Tewari holds a Diploma in Cinematography (FTII, 1996) and a Masters Degree in Ancient Indian History and Archeology (Kumaon University, 1992). He has worked on films such as: “Earth Movers”, “Weather Report”, “The Fluid City”, “Ek Haseena Thi”, “Partners in Crime” and many more.


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    Tathagat Sharma

    The best cinematography workshop for beginners!!

    Incredibly informative and helpful. I’m attached to films and the process of making films more than ever. Lalit sir was so patient and kept pushing us forward. Thank you for the experience I’m really grateful!!

    15 February, 2021
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    Pool of Knowledge and Practical Exercises

    I got into this course hoping to understand the fundamentals of Cinematography, however we started with the most basic concepts, history of how images were formed with a small pin hole camera and panned across some very advance topics. The range of concepts this course covered was huge, and offered a lot to open the mind in terms of technical possibilities and scale of this field. It helped to not only understand some fundamental concepts but also to start really ‘seeing’ and train your eye to see things visually.
    Each week was designed to understand different concepts, in a rather informal virtual classroom setup, where we would understand some basics, watch videos and references and discuss about them in class afterwards. Each week would end with a practical exercise about the same topic, which helped to realistically do what we had learnt in class, and then discuss each other’s work later on. While pure theoretical knowledge and understanding of fundamentals is a must, it is these exercises that helped to start to apply them .
    This course helped me to get rid of my fear of handling a camera and ended with us shooting our respective films. It was great to meet and interact with other participants who were from different cities, different ages , as we would come together for this class each weekend .
    It was a start of something that I can work on and practice in my life. Very grateful to Living Bridge for creating such courses where one can learn sitting from the comfort of their home in different cities, and very thankful to Lalit sir for sharing his knowledge and help us understand and learn throughout this course, with ease, clarity and fun interactions.

    6 February, 2021

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    Anchit .

    This was a wonderful online workshop

    It was one of the best online workshop I had till now. I have learnt so much and I have enjoyed doing all the assignments too. Lalit sir is very knowledgable and patient mentor. I look forward to taking more classes from Living Bridge.
    Again thank you very much.

    8 November, 2020
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    Maitrey Kulshreshtha

    It was one of the best worshops.

    It felt a little uncomfortable in the starting as I was attending a ‘virtual’ workshop for the first time due to the difficult times, but then just within a few days it was all great and I was having fun in class.
    Regarding the level of knowledge and was superior…and was a lot more than I expected.
    It was an overwhelming experience and I would recommend it very very strongly.

    5 November, 2020
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    Subhashish Roy

    Overall experience

    An awesome experience and inputs beyond expectation. The faculties took lots of efforts to feed us the content. It was an overall very satisfactory experience.

    4 November, 2020
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