Lowel DP One-Light Kit D2-102 B&H Photo Video. A Primer on Practical Lights: How Practicals Can Make Your Cinematography Come to Life. If there's one simple thing that you can do today to make your cinematography look more professional and polished, it's incorporating practical lights into your scenes.
Practical lights are, of course, traditionally defined as any light where the source is in frame. More often than not, this means lights that are built into your locations (usually ceiling fixtures), desk and floor lamps, televisions, computers, and strings of Christmas lights. It can also refer to headlights from a car and street lamps. All sorts of things can be used as practical light. Thoughts on Lighting & Shooting Interviews from a 40 Year Industry Veteran.
Unless you work in narrative or commercial filmmaking, chances are that you're going to be shooting a whole lot of interviews.
Our good friend Billy Campbell, a working documentary filmmaker and creator of the Scorpion Light, is working on a series of lighting tutorials based on feedback from readers of this site. Recently, he's also put together another excellent educational resource for filmmakers, an interview and tutorial series with his father Douglas Campbell, a 40-year veteran of the film industry who has seen and done it all.
In the first installment, the pair talk about the process of conducting and lighting an interview, which is the bread and butter of filmmakers working in documentary, corporate, and some genres of television. The key takeaway from this conversation is something that we've all heard before — content is king, and style is secondary. Learn How to Use a Single Softbox to Light 10 Different Scenes. Indie filmmakers typically don't have deep pockets, which is why it's so important to know how to light your scenes with as few lights as possible.
This is for several reasons: lights are expensive, DPs are expensive, and many times you're not going to have a whole lot of time or space to work with either. That's why finding a lighting solution that is as effective, unobtrusive, and inexpensive as possible is key. Sekonic's Tony Corbell walks us through how to light 10 scenes using a single light source, a softbox -- either a $180 Bowens Lumiair 80-100 Softbox or a $912 Bowens Gemini 500Pro monolight. (Technically there are more if you consider bounce cards light sources.) Check it out below: Even though this tutorial is geared toward photography there is plenty for filmmakers to learn from each lighting setup.
However, keep in mind that the bigger the space your scene calls for, the more lights you'll potentially need. Create 3 Atmospheres in 1 Room (& Pull Off Great Lighting SFX) with This Clever Tutorial. Learn the 'Rules' of Film Noir & How to Light It. Genres come and go, but 70 years after its birth, the "rules" of film noir have become part and parcel of the conventions of modern cinema.
Why do filmmakers come back again and again to this bleak landscape? And why are these films still popular (if they weren't, well, there wouldn't be nearly as many. QED.) And just what, precisely, are its rules -- rules so skilfully subverted by modern directors? A documentary from the BBC, originally aired in 2009, seeks to answer just that, shining a light on the dark corners of film noir. The conventions of film noir (literally, black film, referring both to the lighting schema and the general weltanshauung of the pictures themselves) are inextricably tied in with American cinema to this day.
The Quiet American - 2002 (Saigon 1952 Story) The Basics of Lighting for Film Noir. Lowel Tota-Light Tungsten Flood Light (120-240VAC) T1-10 B&H. Lowel Tota-light. Compact, rugged & versatile, the broad throw Tota-light is a Lowel time honored favorite.
It can be used with its umbrella or gel-frame & diffusion as a soft key, fill, or backlight. With its adjustable reflectors, it can be a smooth & even background light, or point it toward the ceiling to raise the ambient (base) light level of a room. Tota is also widely used for photographic copy work. Multi-use, tungsten halogen source. Adjustable reflecting doors can illuminate four walls evenly from a corner or compensate for light fall-off on vertical surfaces lit from above or below.
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Lowel DP Focus Flood Light (120-240VAC) D2-10 B&H Photo Video. Lowel DP Focus Flood Light (120-240VAC) D2-10 B&H Photo Video. Lowel DP Light. Lowel tota light. Is It Smoky in Here? Shane Hurlbut Shows How to Use Smoke to Achieve Different Lighting Goals. Say what you will about Shane Hurlbut, but there aren't too many professional Directors of Photography who take the time out of their crazy schedules to try to give back to the community.
Shane's most recent work that we've covered here was the Canon-sponsored film "The Ticket," shot in 4K on the Canon 1D C. While I saw that film at NAB (and wasn't too crazy about the quality of the footage coming out of that camera), it doesn't take away from the fact that he's a professional DP who knows a thing or two about lighting. In his newest blog post, he gives a good run-down on how to use smoke to achieve different lighting goals. 1. Encapsulate a Time Period: 2. 3. 4. I had the chance a few months ago to help out on reshoots for a short film. Something as simple as smoke can completely change the mood of a scene, and affect the way the audience perceives it. Do any of you like using smoke in your shoots?
[via Hurlbut Visuals] 4 Basic Concepts of Lighting: What You Need to Think About Before You Hit the Switch. When you think about lighting your scene, what concepts immediately come to your mind?
If you're just starting out, chances are you're just thinking about trying to dump enough light on your subject to not underexpose them. However, there are a number of basic qualities of light that you should consider before you hit record. In this helpful beginner-level tutorial from from Story & Heart Academy, hosted by S&HA's Zippy Etzel and Stillmotion's Joyce Tsang.
WATCHED. Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 49: HDSLR Pt.2: Lighting for Video. How to set up a LOWEL TOTA LIGHT for DSLR filming. Setting up the Lowel dp light for the first time. Lowel-Adorama Budget Tota Kit: Product Reviews: Adorama Photography TV. Filmmaking 101 - Three Point Lighting Tutorial. This Is How You Light a Short Film Using Only an IKEA Trash Can. Over the years, we've covered a wide range of methods and tools for lighting a film, everything from hardware store clip lights to high-end cinema lighting tools.
As fantastic and practical as some of the higher-end tools can be, most of us just don't have the budget to rent (let alone own) those tools, so we end up resorting to cheap fixtures and DIY light-sculpting methods in order to illuminate our films. Learn the Basics of Bouncing Light with These Helpful Tips. If the light in a scene needs just a little adjustment -- bounce it.