There's no substitute for good lighting. I'm always surprised at how many producers count on software to fix poor lighting in post.
Lighting the background of your shot can add depth to a scene and up the production value of your project. Here’s everything you need to know about the technique.
I 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.
When you think about lighting, you probably think about your lights and where to place them. But what about the shadows?
There is a growing trend to use fluorescent, LED and discharge light sources for film and video production.
Two factors that determine the quality of light are its direction or angle to the subject and scene and the spectral quality or harshness of the light source.
The technique of three-point lighting has been used for years in both professional TV and photography studios.
I’ve shot a lot of interviews.
A whole lot.
The 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.
Have you ever been asked to record an interview and you set up the Lowel or Smith Victor kit your school has had in the back room forever and notice that the talent is squinty and uncomfortable?
Last month, we brought you How to Set Up Three Popular Interview Lighting Techniques. This month, we show you how those three techniqes work.
Oh, the glorious sun. This magnificent ball of burning gas sheds immeasurable power on our world from millions of miles away.
New Stellas are the lightest, most powerful, rugged, cord-free LED lights in the Industry.
Always keep your backgrounds in mind when you set up your video shots.
Learn industry standard safety techniques for working with light fixtures
Need to set up a lighting design that won't cost an arm and a leg?
Setting up, working with and tearing down studio lighting equipment can be some of the most dangerous tasks of your video production.
An essential element in producing excellent video is correct lighting.
Once upon a time, men were lit ruggedly and women were lit beautifully
One of the inherent problems in shooting in "low light" is that there is no real definition for what low light is.
The ability to control the amount, color, and quality of light can turn an ordinary scene into a masterpiece.
Lighting is an integral component of professional imagery - photographers, broadcasters, and cinematographers rely on ideal lighting to convey meaning and evoke emotion within their chosen medium.
Properly lighting a low-key setup will entice your viewers to focus on key points in your scene, and wonder about those dark shadowy areas in the unknown.
Most of what we know about lighting comes from a single period of art history.
In video production, lighting is primarily used for obtaining proper exposure. However, it can also be used to help enhance story elements.