Studio and Outside Broadcast TV Lighting Design & CCU Operation course for novice and advanced level

A practical course to concentrate on building lighting and vision skills, through demonstrations, video case studies, group exercises and written training materials.

Trainer: Kevin King (United Kingdom)

The trainer for this course is Mr Kevin King who works extensively with the BBC and with many other companies. He has almost 30 years experience in both TV production and training, including BBC TV, BBC World, BBC Media Action, BBC Academy and Birzeit University.  Mr King also works in the field of corporates and for charitable organisations.

The Cyprus Media School is pleased to offer this 4-day course for both novice and experienced lighting directors and CCU operators. This course comprises 20% classroom theory and 80% practical studio exercises.


Day 1   1000-1800 Lighting Introduction, Revision & Exercises  

Lighting safety

What is Light?  Light v heat

Why Light? Illumination, Modeling, Separation

The lamps:  Open faced, Lensed, Barn doors, Pole operation, Hot and cold sources, Soft lights, LED/Moving Lights, Hands-on exercise with lamps

Quality of Light: Hard and soft-diffusion/nets/frames/reflection.  Continuous v discharge.  Colour - burn temperature and gels

Quantity of Light: Lamp power, Distance, ND filtration, Dimming- effect on colour temperature

Position of Lights: Key angles, fills backlights

3 Point Lighting recap

 Day 2   1000-1800 Lighting Specifics & Exercises

Exercise 3 point lighting with minimal lights Lighting a 1+1 interview

Group exercise Lighting a 1+1

Lighting sets





Uplighting v downlighting


Understanding lighting plots and rig procedures. Power considerations at venues

Studio Lighting – Examples and discussion

Lighting for discussion programmes v drama lighting.

Realistic lighting direction – one sun

Use of bounce light – hard and soft reflectors Use of nets

Day 3         1000-1800 CCU Operation & Exercises. Recap on studio lighting

CCU Console Operation

Introduction to lighting control


Analogue control

DMX control


Presets, memories, sub masters

Building up lighting states

Channel numbering

Hands-on exercise

Studio exercise (discussion programme with set) lighting and programming ‘up’ and ‘down’ lighting conditions

Feedback and chat about cameras

Use of lens angle to increase or reduce depth

Effect of lens height

Use of iris and gain, effect of iris setting on depth of field

Day 4   1000-1800 CCU, Camera Chain & Group Exercise

Introduction to the camera chain

How cameras work

Operational camera controls, colour matching iris and black level operation

Why cameras need a line up

Black and white balance

Flare correctors

Knee and highlight control

Gamma and black stretch

Practical Line up

Complete work on camera chain

Common problems with cameras and their solutions

Group Exercise

Explore the relationship between lamp power, dimming control and vision control Lighting to maximise the effectiveness of practical set lights.

Creative use of colour balance, mixed lighting and knee control

Feedback and discussionCourse close, AOB and final questions

Course close, AOB and final questions