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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.
Crafting Your Own DIY Light Modifiers

Crafting your own DIY light modifiers

If you're shooting video and need a way to alter the quality of your light sources, then making your own homemade light modifiers may...

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.
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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 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...
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The Four Attributes of Light

Capturing Light Your camcorder captures light, records it and stores it in such a way that allows you to play it back so everyone can...
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...
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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...
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...
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...

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How to Plan a Production (Free for Non-Members) Planning is vital to the success of any production. Without a plan, your video likely won’t succeed...
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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.

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.
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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.
Collection of studio lights and soft boxes.

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.
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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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5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Green Screen Results

Green screen can be difficult to execute, but with a few insider tips, you’ll have an easier time getting the results you want. These...
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Church Video Production – Lighting Technique

The primary function of video lighting is to make sure the scene is bright enough for your camera to accurately capture. However, a well...
Person holding a sparkler to light a night scene.

Light the night: how to light a realistic 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...
Three Point Lightingvideo

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.
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...
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