Lighting can make or break your shot. In a perfect world, you'd have time to scout your location in advance with enough budget to secure the equipment you need to create the look you're going for. But that's rarely the case – and even when it is, any seasoned filmmaker knows even the best-laid plans can easily go awry on set.
Lighting gels are essential for a cohesive video.
If you’ve never used lighting gels in your video productions before, they may seem a little daunting, but the effort is worthwhile.
The primary function of video lighting is to make sure the scene is bright enough for your camera to accurately capture. However, a well thought out lighting scheme can add drama and intensity to your scene, conveying emotion even more effectively than the composition of your frame or the...
Person holding a sparkler to light a night scene.
Hollywood, with its seemingly endless resources, spends loads of money on lighting nighttime scenes. But how do we — without a grip truck full of HMIs — try to approach lighting a night scene? There are a few tricks of the trade that our budgets should allow. This article is...
Our medium isn’t our hardware. Our medium is light. Let’s talk about luminance and the inverse-square law.
One of the more common mistakes many beginning and intermediate videographers make is confusing our tools for our medium. Too many shooters focus on camera and lens, but that’s like a sculptor obsessing over what chisel to use and ignoring the giant block of marble in front of him....
Learn the rules for lighting your videos, both indoors and outdoors.
What’s in Your Light Kit?
"People tend to obsess over cameras and lenses, but what they think is a good a camera or a good lens actually is just good lighting." Says Director of Photography William Hellmuth. He is based in Orange County and has been behind the camera for more than 10 years....
The Sun: Everyone’s Light Kit
"If you really look carefully at natural light, you realize how complex it is, and how it's constantly shifting. When you put up an HMI and diffusion or bounce, it's very monochromatic and has a different feeling. So we burned our bridges, and sent all the lights back to...
Toplight: Painting with a Broad Brush. Warner Bros. Studios displays their new line of rentable LED "space lights" for stage use.
For those of us who contribute daily to the motion content business, eventually you will be asked to light a large subject or group of subjects within a single frame.  This will involve a different set of criteria than just lighting just one actor, or object.  You must think...
The Five Most Difficult Lighting Scenarios
We caught up with a 40-year industry veteran and university professor for some lighting advice.
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