Small Budget,Big Aesthetics:Lighting with Limited Resources

3 days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)

19 - 21 Dec 2018 (Wed - Fri)

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.
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.More information about application procedures and terms here.

Course Outline

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

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 Our Instructor

Derrick Loo


Derrick Loo was trained in economics but  it soon became clear that his strongest passion lay  in cinematography. His ability to create meaningful visuals and aesthetics in his films has led to a number of successful collaborations with other award winning Singaporean filmmakers. With a good eye for details, Derrick has, over the years, lensed a huge variety of projects, including feature films, TV spots, documentary, short narrative projects, MTVs, corporate projects etc, tand has hus developed a unique versatility.

In 2009, Derrick was nominated for Best Cinematographer in the 5th Asian Festival of First Films and in 2015, he won the Best Cinematography (Long Form) at the Apollo Awards.

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions isince 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses  and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography . His showreel can be seen below and more of his work can be seen at

About Our Instructor

Lim Teck Siang


Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

He has lensed projects for top Singapore directors Boo Junfeng, Anthony Chen, Tai Heng, Warren Klass, Jasmine Ng, Brian Gothong Tan, Royston Tan, and Wilson Yip. As a strong supporter of the Singapore film industry, he also works regularly with emerging local directors.

Notable works include:

  •     "Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month", an independent short film directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, which premiered in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
  •     "For We Are Strangers", an independent short film directed by Nicole Midori Woodford, which premiered in the Wide Angle section at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Asian Short Film competition. The film was also shortlisted for Southeast Asian Short Film competition at the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival.
  •     "Afterimages", an independent horror feature directed by Tony Kern, which won Best Feature in the 11th Eerie Horror Film Festival 2014.
  •     "Mu Dan", directed by Lincoln Chia, which won Best Cinematography and Best Actor at the 2010 Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Promises In December", directed by Elgin Ho, which won the 2010 Best Film and Best Director Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Threshold", directed by Loo Zihan, which premiered in the Wide Angle section of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2009.

Teck Siang is an alumni of the Asian Film Academy program held yearly in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival. He has a Bachelor's Degree in filmmaking from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University.

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.

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

His showreel can be seen at