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Light Source: Lassoing Light

Light Source: Lassoing Light

Learn how to use gels and filters to get great light quality in every situation.

Imagine yourself standing in a magnificent setting, full of rich colors and textures. You want to be able to capture the image as faithfully as possible. When you get your video home you are disappointed to see that some shots look blue and lifeless. The colors are washed-out and the amazing scene is all but a memory. Unfortunately, when you shoot video with your camcorder, what you see is not always what you get. One of the biggest problems with video is that it does not render the colors your eye sees unless you carefully set the camera for the lighting in each specific shot.
In this column, we'll look at how to control the color of light by using colored gels. We'll also discuss color temperature and how to control it. Finally, we'll show you how you can use this knowledge to create beautiful video every time you shoot.

The Colors of Light

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Tags:  February 2001
Dr. Robert G.
Thu, 02/01/2001 - 12:00am