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Basic Lighting Course

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Lighting people is the staple of a cinematographer’s duties, and there are several ways to do so.  This module covers the foundation of good lighting - the three point lighting system.  Go onto the set as Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason J. Tomaric walks you through each step of effectively employing the three point lighting system to create the look you want.
Whereas most books and videos stop there, this module takes this technique one step further by teaching you how to adapt the three point lighting system for dramatic, dialogue-based projects.


  • 23:36 video that teaches you the basics of light the human face
  • Complete companion guide
  • Arri lighting handbook
  • Frequently asked lighting questions... with answers


  • How to create dimensional lighting in a flat medium
  • The three point lighting system
  • How to set-up and properly position the key light
  • Various techniques for creating a fill light
  • Creating a rim/hair light
  • Variations of the three point lighting system
  • How to shoot both with and against the key light
 "Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. You’ll learn far more about filmmaking with this practical, thorough and meticulously organized site than you ever will watching "Project Greenlight." Jason knows what he’s talking about, because he’s actually done it!"
   - Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer,
         Everybody Loves Raymond