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.
An informational buyer's guide helping you choose and use the best type of lighting for your productions.
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.
LED based lights are a brilliant opportunity for improving many aspects of film making.
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.
Among the powerful tools in the digital postproduction toolbox, chromakeying has to rank among the coolest: with a few clicks of your mighty mouse, you can drop your foreground subject into any background you like.
Lighting is an essential tool for enhancing the video image. The subtle use of light creates atmosphere and mood, dimension, and texture.
Learning to light products for video starts with learning how to "see" light and how it reacts to subjects.
An essential element in producing excellent video is correct lighting.
One of the inherent problems in shooting in "low light" is that there is no real definition for what low light is.
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.)
What you need to know to shoot great footage outside - Part Two
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.
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.
Now 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."
I’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?
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.