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This advanced tutorial on exposure teaches the principles of the zone system, how to expose for varying flesh tones and how to creatively control the look of the frame through exposure.  Taught by Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason J. Tomaric at Panavision studios, this video demystifies the exposure process once and for all.


  • 23:03 video that walks you through how to use the zone system
  • Complete companion guide


  • What is Ansel Adam's Zone system
  • What is 18% grey
  • How light meters tie into the zone system
  • How the latitude of a camera affects the zone system
  • How to apply the zone system to actors of differing skin tones
  • How to translate the zone system to exposure
 "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