Expose and colour correct camera images

Business Sectors (Suites): Camera
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about exposing and colour correcting camera images.  This could apply to any type of production including feature films, TV dramas, commercials, documentaries, sports coverage, outside broadcast and live or stage events.  This could apply to a multi or single camera environment.

This includes adjusting camera controls and settings, monitoring exposure throughout shots and dealing with issues caused by natural light.

This standard is for any member of the camera crew who exposes and colour corrects camera images.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​seek effective solutions when natural lighting causes problems with exposure or colour
  2. achieve required effect through colour balance, gain or film speed, filtration or any other camera facility
  3. set exposure to meet focusing needs and allow for filters and effects
  4. monitor exposure against mood and exposure requirements throughout shots
  5. identify when adjustments need to be made to meet exposure requirements
  6. make effective adjustments so shots meet mood and exposure requirements without delay

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​how to use internal and external light metering equipment
  2. common sources of light and their colour temperatures
  3. common filters, their requirements, uses and their effect on exposure
  4. methods of facilitating movement between interior and exterior lighting
  5. the uses and limitations of features of cameras that could have an effect on exposure and colour balance including auto iris
  6. the required mood of the shot and exposure requirements to achieve it
  7. methods of colour correction.
  8. exposure requirements for the production including day or night


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals

SOC Code



camera; camera controls; exposure; colour correction; mood; camera filters; exposure;