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Small Budget,Big Aesthetics:Lighting with Limited Resources

Media practitioners often lament the fact that budgets seem to be shrinking while client expectations are increasing. Productions often have to work with very small crews and tight deadlines to get their work done. In doing so the aesthetics sometimes suffer . Lighting is a large part of the shoot aesthetic and when working with small crews there is often a feeling on set that there is not enough time or manpower to get professional looking lighting.

However this does not need to be the case .

With some know how and an understanding of the latest generation of portable lights ,a small crew can achieve a high end look

In this course we specifically tackle the issues faced when working with very small crews and share methods of giving your production a professional look with limited resources. A large amount of the course consists of hands on exercises where participants find out what's achievable with 2 man to 5 man crews. The exercises also consist of typical lighting setups such as for talking heads,chroma key and simple product shoots using both natural light and ultra portable lights such as next generation LEDs.

Safety aspects of lighting as well as power distribution are also covered


3 days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


11th to 13th Apr 2017

MDA Submission date by 20 Mar 2017


S$ 2000 per person before GST (S$ 2140 after GST)

This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Scheme through Six Degrees Asia . In addition media freelancers can apply for a S$ 7.50 per hour training allowance.

Availability and amount of subsidies and grants are subject to IMDA and Six Degrees.More information about application procedures and terms here.

Course Outline

Lighting fundamentals

  • Key light,

  • Fill light

  • Rim light

  • Ambient light

  • Eye light

Quality of Light 

  • Directional,

  • Diffused, bounced,

  • Positive/negative fill

Types of portable light fixtures

  • Flourescent

  • Tungsten

  • LED

Portable Lighting Supports

Power distribution and Lighting safety

The Location lighting process

  • Recce,

  • Plan

  • Equip

  • Maximize

Practical Lighting

  • Film Lighting

  • Natural Light

  • Combining Practical (Existing) light and film lighting

Lighting styles

  • Docu’ lighting (natural)

  • Stylized lighting,

  • Mixed lighting (color temperatures)

Equipment breakdowns and case studies

  • Whats achievable with a 2 man crew

  • Whats achievable with a 3 man crew

  • Whats achievable with a 5 man crew

Practical Lighting exercises

  • Talking Head / Interview

  • On site basic product shoot

  • Chroma Key

  • Indoor/outdoor setups - lightingin actual locations (e.g. outdoor, indoor, office, public areas etc)

  • Small studio lighting

  • 3 point lighting,

  • Stylized lighting (Music Video, fashion, experimental)

About the Instructor

Lim Teck Siang has been active in the local film industry for several years, taking on a multitude of roles in pursuit of his passion for film. His early professional experience includes working on feature films such as Kelvin Tong’s 'Kidnapper', Royston Tan’s ‘Getai’ double-bill '881' and '12 Lotus', on top of numerous commercials, short films, and print advertisements.

At the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival in 2010, his camerawork for ‘Mu Dan' was awarded Best Cinematography (Short Film Category) at the Silver Screen Awards. 'Mu Dan' also garnered Best Performance. 'Promises In December', which won the Best Film and Best Director awards, was also lensed by Teck Siang.

He has worked with with a variety of formats including film,and the RED One and is an early adopter of the HDSLR,having shot documentaries, short films, corporate work and commercials on the Canon 5D/7D.His showreel can be seen at

Teck Siang has conducted training for many of AV8 Media's clients  including Nanyang Polytechnic,Canon Singapore , jooja ! Advertising and the Ministry of Education.

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