Set and control lights for camera single shoots

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


​This standard is about using lights to expose images for single camera shoots.   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 includes selecting lights, accessories, filters and equipment, positioning them safely, using camera controls and settings which will have an effect on exposure, resolving problems and documenting information for reproduction

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This standard is for Camera operators who have to set and control lights for single camera shoots.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. confirm requirements of shoots using information from relevant sources
  2. select lights and accessories that match power availability and technical requirements
  3. check that lights and accessories are safe for use and suitable for the purpose for which they are to be used
  4. select positions for lights and control gear that suit production needs
  5. rig and place lights in line with safe methods of working for self and others and without damage to property
  6. make sure lights give required colour temperature for production needs throughout shoots
  7. select filters, accessories and effects that achieve required artistic and technical results
  8. achieve required effects through white balance, gain and shutter controls throughout shoots
  9. set exposure settings which meet the needs of focus, and allow for filters and effects
  10. seek effective solutions when conditions cause problems
  11. monitor and adjust exposure to meet requirements throughout shoots
  12. meet lighting requirements within agreed budgets
  13. document information about lighting so that shoots can be reproduced when required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​sources of information on shoot requirements including scripts and production colleagues
  2. types of lighting that is suitable for single cameras including size, power, weight, technical specification, distribution, luminance, light control
  3. issues with non-studio work including total power available, loads and the implications of using multiple lights on mains
  4. sources of power and how to arrange for this when it is not available
  5. the basic principles of cinematography and photography
  6. relevant health and safety legislation, risk assessments, and other instructions for sources of power and the equipment in use and how to implement safe methods of working including when PAT certification is required and how to check it is in place
  7. common problems with lighting conditions and how to resolve them and the effects of location, climatic conditions and time of day on lighting
  8. how to rig lights
  9. the basic concepts of lighting and exposure, the exposure requirements of the shot and features of cameras that could have an effect on exposure
  10. methods of facilitating movement between interior and exterior lighting
  11. common filter types, their uses and exposure factors and the uses and limitations of auto exposure systems
  12. where to get information on production budgets
  13. what needs to be recoded to facilitate matching with any other subsequently required material


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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; settings; effects; exposure; mood of shoot; filters; filter; lighting equipment; colour correction;