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“I think I will try and adjust the colors in post first using the daylight bulbs.”


Lights don’t make your video ‘clearer’. You have to properly expose your shots according to the light you have available. In your case, the light available will be electric lights instead of sunlight. It is the amount of light you have available in your scene which will determine your exposure settings. The only thing ‘daylight bulbs’ will do is simulate sunlight. If your scene requires ‘fake sunlight’ then daylight bulbs are an excellent choice when you can’t use sunlight. Otherwise standard white indoor lighting (tungsten or indoor compact fluorescent bulbs) will do just fine. If you have to ‘fix’ your lighting during post-production, you’ve already screwed up and may not be able to.

“What are ‘old Masters portrait books’ please as I have never heard of these.”

Go to your local library (preferably) or search on-line for books and info on master painters like Da Vinci, Rubens, Van Der Meer, Raphael, or any of the ‘Neo-Classical’ or ‘Romantic’ Era painters and look at their portraits. These guys were masters of single, 3-point and 5-point lighting long before anyone shot a frame of film or video. If you want to see how lighting sets the mood or tone of a scene get your hands on some books or see the images online of the work the old masters made. They can be a great influence on you and your work. Also look at the free training videos on lighting here at VM. The old masters can show you what you can achieve and the videos will show you the basic tools to figure out how to do it.

The difference in ‘just giving the client something’ and giving them something ‘they will remember’ and call you back for further work all depends on how much ‘extra’ work you put in creating ‘production value’ in the final product. Anybody can ‘stick’ some lights on a set, but only someone who’s taken the time to find out where best to put the light will stand out from the rest of the pack. Think of the movies and tv shows where you ‘fell in love with an actress’. More often than not it wasn’t because she was anymore beautiful than any other woman, it was due to how well she was lit. Same goes for your clients.

Lighting can make a client look powerful, sympathetic, inspiring or just plain awful depending on how you go about setting it up. The last thing you want to do is lose a client because you made them look like $%^&! because you either didn’t have the knowledge or were too lazy to take the steps to give them what they were paying for. If you didn’t light them well during the shoot, there’s no ‘whiz-bang’ trick you can pull off in post to fix it. ‘Crap in is crap out’.

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