Casting Shadows

Shadows00When you think about lighting, you probably think about your lights and where to place them. But what about the shadows?

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Camera Positions and Lighting

Rather than require two cameras, two camera operators, two sets of lights, a microphone mixer and an audio person, most short interviews are done in the A-roll, B-roll style illustrated below.

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Do the LIGHT Thing

An informational buyer's guide helping you choose and use the best type of lighting for your productions.

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Top 8 Goals of Lighting Your Scene

10GoalsLighting00I’m sure you’ve heard this, “If you light it right…” or “With good lighting, the scene will…” What does that mean? What is “good” lighting?

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How to Turn the Light of Day into the Dark of Night

0The technique of shooting outdoor night scenes in broad daylight has been around since the early days of film. It is commonly called Day for Night (DFN), and you can spot it in films like It's a Wonderful Life, Planet of the Apes and Jaws; documentaries like The Creation of the Universe; and, of course, the French film, Day for Night. At times, the effect is obvious; at others, it is not.

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Looking for Light

One of the inherent problems in shooting in "low light" is that there is no real definition for what low light is.

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Using Gels

LightingGelsGels control the color of the light. Gels (or color filters) are thin sheets of transparent colored plastic, usually dyed polyester.

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An LED Primer

LED0I was shopping (yes, guys do shop) for a Leatherman awhile back. At my local hardware store I was amazed to find over 40 different styles, colors and shapes that were available for me to choose from. These Swiss army knives on steroids have spawned an industry of “Multi-Tool” look-a-likes.  Overwhelmed I finally ended up choosing one that was way too sharp for me, (ask me how I know) that was coated with a Kevlar body (I guess for deflecting bullets) and clipped on like a carabineer. But that’s not the point. The point is that when something works, people flock to it and manufactures rush to create their versions of the product.

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Lighting Safety

Setting up, working with and tearing down studio lighting equipment can be some of the most dangerous tasks of your video production.

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Continuous Light Sources

There is a growing trend to use fluorescent, LED and discharge light sources for film and video production. 

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Our Camcorder Classroom - Lighting

What does a camcorder fundamentally do? Takes moving pictures, right? (OK, it also records sound, but that’s the topic for next time, so we’re concentrating on the video stuff for now.)

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The Craft of Lighting: Using Gels

An overview of using gels with lighting.

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Outdoor Lighting - Part Two

Outdoor4What you need to know to shoot great footage outside - Part Two

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The Lighting Triangle

LightingNow that you have your lights it's handy to know how to use them. Turning them on and pointing them at your subject is a good start, but if you really want to get the most out of them you can use what's known as "the lighting triangle."

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The "Color" of Light

The color of "white" light is a critical issue in lighting for film or video.

There really isn't any such thing as white light in normal circumstances.

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Outdoor Lighting

LightWhat you need to know to shoot great footage outdoors.

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Using Available Light

If you show up on a shoot or have a spontaneous need to roll tape with no light kit: relax. Today's cameras and their ever improving contrast ratios and light sensitive electronics are very forgiving.

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