5 Tips for Good Lighting

There's no substitute for good lighting. I'm always surprised at how many producers count on software to fix poor lighting in post.

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Add Background Lighting To Achieve Three-Dimensional Space

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.

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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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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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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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Color Temperature Strategies

Coloring your video world with light is more than just turning on a few lamps and setting a good white balance-light is often a mixed bag.

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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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Direction and Size of a Light Source

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.

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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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Formal Lighting: Another Perspective on 3-Point

The technique of three-point lighting has been used for years in both professional TV and photography studios.

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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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How to Understand and Buy LED Lights for Film Use

LED based lights are a brilliant opportunity for improving many aspects of film making.

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I Need Soft Light and Don’t Know How to Make It!

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?

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Let the Sun Shine In: How To Control the Great Outdoor Light Source

Oh, the glorious sun. This magnificent ball of burning gas sheds immeasurable power on our world from millions of miles away.

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Light & Motion Sets the Bar for Portable LED Cinema & Broadcast Lighting!

 New Stellas are the lightest, most powerful, rugged, cord-free LED lights in the Industry.

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Light Source: Lighting for Compositing

LightSource01Among 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.

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Light Your Backgrounds

Always keep your backgrounds in mind when you set up your video shots.

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Lighting Basics

Lighting is an essential tool for enhancing the video image. The subtle use of light creates atmosphere and mood, dimension, and texture.

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Lighting Equipment Safety

Learn industry standard safety techniques for working with light fixtures

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Lighting for Interviews

The first thing to accept is that you won't have enough time, 

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Lighting on the Cheap Side

Light00Need to set up a lighting design that won't cost an arm and a leg?

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Lighting Products for Video

Learning to light products for video starts with learning how to "see" light and how it reacts to subjects.

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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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Lighting Solutions: Choosing the Correct Light Source

An essential element in producing excellent video is correct lighting.

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Lighting Women/Lighting Men

LightingMen01Once upon a time, men were lit ruggedly and women were lit beautifully

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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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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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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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Outdoor Lighting

What you need to know to shoot great footage outdoors.

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Outdoor Lighting - Part Two

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

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Planning and Placing Lights for a Studio

The ability to control the amount, color, and quality of light can turn an ordinary scene into a masterpiece.

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Reflecting on Reflectors

No money for more lights? No problem! Here are sure-fire, no-power solutions to making your subject shine.

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Setting a High Standard: LEDs and Color Rendering

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.

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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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The Art of Low Key Lighting

LowKey00Properly 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.

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The Basics of Lighting

Lighting is an essential tool for enhancing the video image.

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The Craft of Lighting: Using Gels

An overview of using gels with lighting.

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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 Theory of Light

Most of what we know about lighting comes from a single period of art history.

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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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Use Lighting to Enhance Story Elements

UseLightingIn video production, lighting is primarily used for obtaining proper exposure. However, it can also be used to help enhance story elements.

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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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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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Video Lighting Somewhat Demystified

Working for a lighting company we get asked, “how would you light this” a lot.

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