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Introductory Lighting Course

February 7 2023 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm


A one-day entry-level lighting course, suitable for anyone with basic or no previous experience.

The course is provided free of charge, thanks to a grant provided by Ealing Council and numbers will be limited in order to maximise hands-on exposure to delegates.

Who is it for?

  • Newcomers to the industry who would like a practical day as a taster session.
  • Existing shooters or industry personnel wanting to improve their familiarity with lights.
  • Photographer starting to shoot video and wanting to better understand the basics of interview lighting.
  • Those shooting mostly with natural light wanting to make better use of lights.

How To Light an Interview – an introduction to lighting for video

A one-day workshop covering some basic lighting principles for camera with a mixture of demonstrations, explanations and hands-on experience.

Safe working considerations and practices will be demonstrated and referred to throughout.

As well as working with lights we will also discuss ideas and techniques for working with natural light.

The course is based into two parts

The course is split into a morning session which is mainly taught with several practical examples and demonstrations and an afternoon workshop where delegates will light an interview setup using supplied lights.

Morning Session

  • Introduction to the differing types of lighting currently available, with an emphasis on high-efficiency lighting technology.
  • Health & Safety discussion. Setting up light stands and lighting fixtures safely; Managing cables.
  • Hard light versus soft light.
  • Lighting an interview with one light.
  • Multi-point lighting.
  • Overcoming difficulties of lighting subjects with white clothing and/or bright white backgrounds.
  • Discussion of the challenges faced by lighting a two-person interview.

Afternoon Session

  • Hands on practical lighting session.
  • For the afternoon session, delegates will break into groups for a practical afternoon session with a wide variety of lights to use.
  • Inverse square law, softness of light relative to size and distance. Using flags.

A mix of theory and hands-on will present an opportunity to compare and contrast differing lighting technologies in order to enable novices and intermediate filmmakers alike to make an informed opinion and update their lighting knowledge.

Thank you for organising such an informative and engaging event with the new lighting technologies currently available and being used in the film & TV Industry

Attendee, May 22

Lights to be supplied

Due to the scope of the course and its practical emphasis, we will demonstrate a limited selection of lights but concentrate on using efficient LED/COP generation as well as some more traditional fixtures, in order to provide a useful comparison exercise.

  • LED white, bi-colour and RGBWW panel lights
  • LED point-source lights with fresnel lenses
  • LED tube lights
  • Skylite Rapid sustainable alternatives to poly board
  • Reflectors, diffusers and other light accessories

Free Events paid for by Ealing Council

VMI has invested heavily in the latest lighting technologies during 2022 and has won a grant from Ealing Council to promote high efficiency lighting technologies, which are good for the climate. By running these courses with Ealing Council’s support and in conjunction with West London College in Ealing Green, we are able to provide these courses to you entirely without charge.


VMI are working with the excellent facilities provided by West London College to host these events.

This is at their Ealing Green Campus, the home of the original BBC Ealing Studios. West London College’s studio is 13mx10m and is on the second floor of the main building and entrance for visitors is via the reception.


West London College, Ealing Green Campus, TV Studio, 2nd Floor The Green, Ealing, London W5 5EW

Public Transport

Underground (Zone 3) Ealing Broadway for Central and District Lines (10 minute walk to College) or South Ealing Piccadilly Line.

Train Ealing Broadway (10 min walk) or West Ealing (15 min walk) for Great West Railway and Heathrow Connect

Bus Routes 65, 83, 112, 207, 297, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E10, E11

Car Parking There is lots of local pay parking available, though the Ealing Broadway Car Park is just a couple of minutes walk away and has 800 spaces. (W5 5JY) View on Google Maps

West London College

West London College Studio, 2nd Floor The Green
Ealing Green, London, Ealing, London W5 5EW United Kingdom
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At COP26 this year, 12 broadcasters and streamers signed up to The Climate Content Pledge, which had been convened by Industry sustainability group, Albert as a rallying cry for industry to change.  The signatories represented over 70% of time UK audiences spend watching TV and film.  They included BBC, BBC Studios, Britbox International, Channel 4, Channel 5 / ViacomCBS, Discovery UK and Eire, ITV, RTE, S4C, Sky, STV, UKTV.

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About The Trainer

Anthony Wood is a London based freelance lighting camera operator. With experience on a wide range of productions he currently works predominantly for the American network CBS out of their London bureau shooting news, news features and documentaries.  Other work includes documentaries for the BBC and the “Making of the the Olympic Games” London, Sochi, Rio & Pyeongchang.

He has developed and presented many workshops to improve camera and lighting skills for clients including, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and RTE.

West London College

West London College Studio, 2nd Floor The Green
Ealing Green, London, Ealing, London W5 5EW United Kingdom
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Closest Tube: Ealing Common, North Ealing
Closest Train: Stations: Ealing Broadway, West Ealing
Parking: Local Car Parks

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