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Understanding CRI & TLCI: The Importance Of Color Rendition

Cinematography is all about light, but filmmakers soon learn that all light is not created equal. The human eye is immensely versatile at adapting...
Three Point Lighting

Three-point lighting — the first lighting technique to master

Three-point lighting the easy answer to a myriad of questions. It's very adaptable, doesn't necessarily requires three lights, and luckily, it's not terribly difficult to learn.
The Sun: Everyone’s Light Kit

How to Harness Sunlight for Your Next Outdoor Video Shoot

"If you really look carefully at natural light, you realize how complex it is, and how it's constantly shifting. When you put...
Toplight: Painting with a Broad Brush. Warner Bros. Studios displays their new line of rentable LED "space lights" for stage use.

How to Use a Toplight to Illuminate Groups of People

For those of us who contribute daily to the motion content business, eventually you will be asked to light a large subject or group...
Our medium isn’t our hardware. Our medium is light. Let’s talk about luminance and the inverse-square law.

Understand Luminance for More Control Over Your Lighting Setups

One of the more common mistakes many beginning and intermediate videographers make is confusing our tools for our medium. Too many shooters focus on...
The Five Most Difficult Lighting Scenarios

The Five Most Difficult Lighting Scenarios and How to Handle Them

We caught up with a 40-year industry veteran and university professor for some lighting advice.

4 Common Lighting Mistakes (and how to fix them)

Lighting is an art that can take years to master. Avoiding these mistakes, however, is a quick way to improve your results.
How to Calculate Contrast Rations

How to Calculate Contrast Ratios for More Professional Lighting Setups

There is something that a good video producer or cinematographer should understand to help better create engaging shots that develop the emotion on screen and set the tone of a project...that is a proper contrast ratio.
Lighting gels are essential for a cohesive video.

Lighting gels: What are they and how do they work?

If you’ve never used lighting gels in your video productions before, they may seem a little daunting, but the effort is worthwhile.
Lighting Setups with Only Practicals

How to Light a Scene Using Only Practicals

Lights, Camera, Action — “Wait, but we don’t have the lights! How can you have camera and action without lights?!” Well, if you don’t...

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The Slanted Lens gives us a few lighting setups for vlogs

What light setups work best for vlogs?

Do you need some help picking out the lighting your vlogs? Here are some light setups you can consider using for your projects.
Here's how to improve video lighting for video calls

How to set up the best video lighting for virtual conferences

If you want your video calls to look more professional, improve your lighting. We will go over everything you need to know about lighting for a video call.
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Your one-stop lighting terms guide for all video productions

There’s a lot of lighting terminology out there and it can be a lot to memorize. We’ve compiled a list of all the lighting term definitions you might need to know.No matter if you’re a beginner videographer trying...

What is a cucoloris and how is it used on professional film sets?

A cucoloris is a device for casting shadows or silhouettes to produce patterned illumination. You may sometimes hear it referred to as a cookie or even a kook or a coo-koo.Why do we use them?
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White balance for film and video: A beginner’s guide

When is white not really white? When it’s headed toward an unprepared camera sensor. Understanding white balance and the color difference between light sources is critical to getting the best look from your camera.Different light sources produce different...

What it’s like to work in Hollywood

We talk to accomplished gaffer, Michael Walsh about what it's like to handle the lighting for some of hollywood's biggest movies.

RGB LED lighting: Creative uses for photos and videos

With the ubiquity of cheap LEDs, the sky’s the limit for the creative filmmaker. But besides just lighting a scene, what can you do with RGB LEDs?

Lighting for video: The dos and don’ts

Our cameras run on light. They need it to produce a clear image that’s both meaningful and pleasing to the eye. Without enough light, you’ll be left with noisy, distracting footage.
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Cameo lighting explained: What it is and how to use it

The style and application of cameo lighting have evolved throughout the years of cinema history. Here's how to employ this effective lighting technique.
Setting Up Lights For A Green Screen Shot

How does green screen really work?

The secret to pulling your subjects out of the real world and placing them into a digital domain is chromakey, and that means going green with green screen.

Film lighting: 5 important aspects of any setup

It really doesn't matter how expensive your camera is, a film will never be as beautiful as it could be without good lighting.

4 Common Lighting Mistakes (and how to fix them)

Lighting is an art that can take years to master. Avoiding these mistakes, however, is a quick way to improve your results.

5 inventive lighting solutions for tough locations

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.

Lighting gels: What are they and how do they work?

If you’ve never used lighting gels in your video productions before, they may seem a little daunting, but the effort is worthwhile.
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