We receive many questions on legal issues, especially in the complex world of video and audio copyright. Below are just a couple that we field. Legal copyright is complicated, which is why we created our What's Legal column. Watch for more stories like the one on page 72 on Fair Use and Public Domain from Attorney Mark Levy.
Buying lights may not be as exciting as buying a new camcorder, but the impact on your images can be equally significant. In this Buyer's Guide, we'll review the important things you should consider when investing in a lighting package.
First came flaming torches. Next came coal-oil lamps and electrified tungsten thread. Now we enjoy the bright cool light of high-intensity Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Do a Web search sometime to learn about p-n junctions, sapphire substrates and all the advanced science in these little jewels. Or forget all that and just bask in the low-heat, low-power electroluminescent glow.
From the beginning, filmmakers have known the value of good lighting. One of the first movie studios, Thomas Edison's Black Maria, rotated on a turntable so it could follow the sun across the sky for the best light.