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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
The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES