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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
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