Four Steps of Preproduction: Part 02

(Cinematic Lighting Lesson 17)

Summary: In Part One Ryan discussed how reading the script and meeting with the team impact the lighting choices you’ll make on your projects. In Part Two we go over the second two steps of preproduction: location and tech scouts; and ordering cameras and lights for the production.

Length: 8:18 minutes


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  1. 5mars
    5mars says:

    Hi, thank you for your work, I learn a lot.
    I never used a light meter and I would be really intersted to know more about how you use it and how it affects your choices.
    The right way to expose for skin tones, log, natural and artificial light.
    A in depth lesson focus on this tool would be great !

    • Tim
      Tim says:

      That is a really great question, and is something that we hear a lot. A few years ago Ryan devoted an entire page discussing using a light meter, specifically the Sekonic 758 Cine. Here is the link: The page starts off talking about creating your own profiles for your camera/lens choices, but if you scroll down past that you’ll find a video called: “The Cinematographer Series: Lighting 101: Using A Meter.” Many of your questions will be answered by that video, so I highly recommend checking it out. Then, below the video is even more information about using a meter, some tricks, working with LOG and RAW, and then more about creating meter profiles. (We no longer are creating profiles to post here, however we GREATLY recommend learning to create your own profiles. It really isn’t that hard and in the process you will learn a lot about light, meters, and cameras.)

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