Welcome to Mastering Exposure - The Language of Image Creation.
The concepts in this course singlehandedly changed the trajectory of my cinematography career for the better.
I followed a rather unique path in to the business of image creation and I always felt like I needed to catch up to my peers and make up for lost time. I didn't go to film school. I didn't work my way up the camera department ladder.
I wanted to be the one behind the camera, calling the shots, and creating the images I was drawn to and that meant I needed to up my skills and knowledge levels as fast as possible.
I spent years wasting my time and scouring the internet for tips or techniques that I thought might increase my skills but it wasn't until I realized how important a foundational level of understanding around exposure was and developed a technique for truly onboarding all of the details that go in to exposing a image that I finally started to see results.
This course is my attempt to share this technique with you so that you can skip the years I wasted trying to figure out what I was doing wrong and what other DPs knew that I didn't.
This course has the potential to change your career and immediately increase your skills. I know because it happened for me.
I've been a cinematographer since 2009 and have shot 100s of commercial projects over that time.
Throughout the course of landing, prepping, and shooting those jobs I have learned a lot about the different approaches a DP can take in their role.
And over the past few years, I've shared that knowledge of how to shoot commercials in over 300 episodes of The Wandering DP Podcast. Every week I receive emails from people who have found the podcast and immediately improved their work because of it.
My goal is to show you the techniques and concepts that made the biggest difference in my career and do it in the quickest most efficient way possible.
Across eight distinct course stages, you’ll learn:
- How to Develop Pattern Recognition:The goal is to teach you a language and the grammar necessary so that you can forget the technicalities of image creation and focus on the creative aspects.
- Measuring Values On Set & Off: A cinematographer needs to practice. What are they practicing though? How can you get better without a crew, a camera, a film set?
- How to Become Better Without Shooting: You have heard the world's best cineamtographers say that you need to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more to up your skills. But why? What actually moves the needle when you are shooting and wouldn't it be powerful if you could work on these skills anytime you wanted.
- Shedding the Technical Jargon:To fully master control over the image we have to understand how to manipulate every variable possible. Once we do then we can actively choose what we want to keep and what we want to get rid of. This is when the creativity and individual style begins to show itself.
Start3.1 - Removing Variables (5:24)
Preview3.2 - Old vs. New (5:56)
Start3.3 - 4 Key Components (4:14)
Start3.4 - Setting the Stage (5:55)
Start3.5 - The Exposure Tree (Part #1) (8:28)
Start3.6 - The Exposure Tree (Part #2) (7:28)
Start3.7 - A Deeper Dive (10:44)
Start3.8 - The Flow Chart (6:29)
Mastering Exposure is designed for cinematographers looking to up their game.
This system is my attempt to give anyone in the world access to a system that took me years to develop and increased my ability to deliver consistent results in any situation.
If you are looking to up your skills and want to know how a professional cinematographer operates both on and off set so as to get the best images possible then this course is absolutely for you.
The beautiful part about cinematography is that it is objective. Either you got the shot you wanted or you didn't.
This course was designed to close that gap by showing you how every variable is accounted for by experience DPs.
It is not a stretch to say that this content has the potential to completely change your understanding of cinematography. It did for mine.