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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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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...

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.
The Sun: Everyone’s Light Kit

How to harness sunlight for an amazing outdoor lighting setup

"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...
The KISS method to lighting a scene

An Easy, 4-step Method to Video Lighting

In this article I will share with you the KISS method — or Keep It Simple Stupid — as it pertains to various aspects...
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.

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...

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.
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.
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...

Video Courses

Advanced Lighting for Video

In this course, we will teach you how to create stunning videos with different lighting techniques. You will learn how to use studio lighting,...

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7 lighting exercises to improve your video lighting game

The best way to improve your lighting skills is to practice. Here are seven lighting exercises to get you started.
LED lights for filming

5 non-obvious ways you should be using LED lights on set

LED lighting are great for creating great-looking films. But they can do more than light scenes; they can also help create stunning effects.
5 professional lighting setups for interviews

5 professional lighting setups for interviews

No matter if your interviewing your neighbor or local mayor, having a professional lighting setup is key for capturing a great interview.

The quality of light

Light is essential in cinema. How much light you use and how you choose to deliver it sets the mood and feel of a scene.

Lighting techniques for film and video

To create the best lighting for your project, it's important to understand the essential lighting techniques for film and video.
Light modifiers

Every type of light modifier for video you need to know

Light modifiers are essential parts of video production lighting. You must know every light modifier available to ensure you have control over your lighting

Day for night shooting: Shooting night scenes on a budget

Day for night shooting is a staple of the filming industry, allowing productions to cut costs and film night scenes during the day.

Why color temperature is important for video

In a nutshell Color temperature measures the color of light, existing on a scale between a lit match (1700 K) and skylight (10,000 K)The most...
Type of lights

Light types for video — How to light your production like...

The best ways to make a production look pro is to use the right type of lights at the right time — though this is easier said than done.

Film lighting 101: The tools and techniques you should know

Understanding film lighting tools and techniques is essential to making great film and video.
What is a gaffer?

What is a gaffer and how do they play a crucial...

Every successful project needs a talented gaffer working at the helm of the electrical department. Here is why gaffers are so important.
Controlling the Quality of Light

How to control your quality of light for better footage

There's an old axiom in the art world: A good artist is the master of their tools. A great artist is the master of...

Light types for video

This video is all about light types for video and film.You’ll learn about Tungsten, LED, Fluorescent and HMI lights. We will also cover Soft,...
We'll define what low key lighting is

What is low-key lighting and why should you use it?

Low-key lighting is a great lighting technique every videographer should have in their arsenal. Here we'll define what it is and how you can use it.