The American Society of Cinematographers’ in-person Master Class program is designed for cinematographers with an intermediate-to-advanced skill set.

The program provides live demonstrations of lighting and camera techniques, instruction in current workflow practices and analysis of feature films.

This five-day seminar is taught in Los Angeles by some of the finest directors of photography in the world.

David Stockton, ASC (center) talks with students during a session held at the ASC Clubhouse in May of 2022.


Enrolling in the ASC Master Class will enable you to hone your craft while making valuable professional connections that can jump-start your career. Prominent Society members and ASC associates serve as instructors, offering invaluable insights not only on the creative and technical aspects of the cinematographer’s profession, but on business-related topics as well.

Subjects and Activities May Include:

• Five-day class including multiple interactive lighting demonstrations
• Engagement with ASC members, ASC associate members and sponsors
• Presentation of shooting in an LED volume
• Color-grading workshop at a post facility
• ASC cinematographers-turned-directors panel
• Panel discussions on career and agent issues
• Analysis of cinematography from notable films of the past
• Presentations about cameras, lenses, sensors and future technologies


Robert Yeoman, ASC takes questions during the May 2022 session.

Specialized Instruction

Curriculum in each class varies depending on the instructors’ area of expertise. Instruction might cover such subjects as lighting for narrative storytelling, the creative use of optics, or virtual cinematography, for example.


Instruction takes place at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and at nearby production and postproduction facilities. All equipment is provided major industry suppliers


Enrollment in each ASC Master Class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants must submit a current résumé in order to be considered. COVID vaccination is required.


Here’s a full report on one of our recent classes as well as a full report on a session that focused on shooting motion-picture film.


Our May 2022 Master Class session was held in Hollywood and focused on lighting and virtual production

A Master Class session was held in New York City on June 25-26, 2022. Participating Society members Fred Murphy (back row, far left), Dejan Georgevich (back row, third from left), M. David Mullen (back row, fourth from right), Stephen Lighthill (back row, far right) and Declan Quinn (front row, far right) pose with the class at AbelCine in Brooklyn.
A Master Class session was held in New York City on June 25-26, 2022. Participating Society members Fred Murphy (back row, far left), Dejan Georgevich (back row, third from left), M. David Mullen (back row, fourth from right), Stephen Lighthill (back row, far right) and Declan Quinn (front row, far right) pose with the class at AbelCine in Brooklyn.

Upcoming Sessions

January 23-27, 2023
Instructors for this class will include (others TBA)*:

M. David Mullen, ASC
(The Marvelous Mrs Maisel)



Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS
(Elvis, Mulan, Australia)



May 22-26, 2023
Instructors for this class will include (TBA).

Registration and newsletter signup is available here.

• All instructors subject to availability

ASC Member Faculty Roster