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

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

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Crafting Your Own DIY Light Modifiers

If you're shooting video and need a way to alter the quality of your light sources, then making your own homemade light modifiers may be the perfect solution — especially if you're on a tight budget or pressed for time.

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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

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

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