Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Pro Video Tips
Illustration by John Hersey

Pro Video Tips

with Anthony Q. Artis

Video: Taking 10 pounds off your subject

- This week on Pro Video Tips, I want to give you some techniques to make anybody look better on video. This is a really important topic for me, especially if you work in the world of corporate video like I do because if my clients don't look good then I don't look good. So, it's extremely important and it also goes to my bottom line of making money if you have the right skills and the right techniques to make anybody look better on camera. So, we're going to start with some of the basics. But the first one I am going to show you is how to take 10 pounds off. Contrary to popular belief, as you've heard me say before, a lot of people say the camera puts on 10 pounds, that is absolutely not true.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 15m 5s
    1. Taking 10 pounds off your subject
      4m 1s
    2. Dealing with nose shadows
      3m 3s
    3. Lighting different skin tones
      2m 55s
    4. Putting makeup on your subject
      5m 6s
  2. 2m 8s
    1. Intro to Pro Video Tips
      2m 8s
  3. 17m 27s
    1. Controlling reflections in glass
      4m 7s
    2. Managing color with polarizers
      2m 32s
    3. Using a polarizer to adjust skin tones
      2m 0s
    4. Using polarizers when shooting landscapes
      4m 42s
    5. Ten polarizer tips
      4m 6s
  4. 14m 34s
    1. Supplies to get to hide lav mics
      2m 13s
    2. Hiding lavs in collars
      5m 16s
    3. Hiding mics in hair
      2m 17s
    4. Hiding mics in sheer tops
      2m 40s
    5. Hiding transmitter packs on talent
      2m 8s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Canon C100 overview
      11m 33s
    2. Looking at the Atomos Ninja
      12m 20s
    3. Checking out the C100 menu options
      10m 32s
  6. 10m 28s
    1. Ten tips for set safety
      10m 28s
  7. 9m 18s
    1. Packing a truck
      9m 18s
  8. 19m 24s
    1. Putting together your lens kit
      1m 0s
    2. Normal lenses
      1m 54s
    3. Wide lenses
      3m 5s
    4. Ultra-wide and fish-eye lenses
      2m 53s
    5. Telephoto lenses
      4m 53s
    6. Super zooms
      2m 54s
    7. Macro lenses
      2m 45s
  9. 17m 22s
    1. The importance of exposure
      1m 31s
    2. Using waveforms
      5m 3s
    3. Using histograms
      6m 53s
    4. Using zebra stripes
      3m 55s
  10. 10m 20s
    1. Shutter speed overview
      3m 18s
    2. Different ways to use shutter speed
      7m 2s
  11. 10m 29s
    1. Tips for keeping your budget down
      10m 29s
  12. 10m 11s
    1. Working with batteries
      10m 11s
  13. 24m 39s
    1. External audio settings
      4m 2s
    2. Audio input menus
      9m 31s
    3. Audio output menus
      4m 6s
    4. Setting and monitoring your levels
      7m 0s
  14. 16m 33s
    1. Introduction to backlight
      1m 18s
    2. Types of backlight
      3m 51s
    3. Exposing for backlit shots
      5m 31s
    4. Backlighting translucent object
      1m 39s
    5. Avoiding lens flare and wash out
      4m 14s
  15. 13m 28s
    1. Booming techniques
      13m 28s
  16. 5m 42s
    1. Feeding your crew
      5m 42s
  17. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing between prime, servo, and manual zoom lenses
      5m 19s
    2. Running and gunning with prime lenses
      3m 17s
  18. 10m 55s
    1. Green screen lights and materials
      3m 47s
    2. Mounting the green screen
      1m 39s
    3. Lighting the green screen
      3m 8s
    4. Lighting your subject
      2m 21s
  19. 9m 28s
    1. What to look for when buying a tripod
      6m 13s
    2. Working with monopods
      3m 15s
  20. 23m 19s
    1. Choosing a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Preparation and supplies for a surf shoot
      2m 13s
    3. Dealing with lens fog
      1m 44s
    4. Mounting your POV camera
      3m 20s
    5. Tracking and shooting your surfer from the shore
      6m 56s
    6. Interview with Tony Cruz
      6m 4s
  21. 8m 37s
    1. Introduction to lens mounts
      1m 24s
    2. Canon mounts
      2m 0s
    3. PL mounts
      1m 59s
    4. Nikon mounts
      1m 24s
    5. Micro 4/3 mounts
      1m 50s
  22. 7m 30s
    1. Introduction to lighting ratios
      1m 19s
    2. Comparing ratios
      2m 52s
    3. Measuring light ratios
      3m 19s
  23. 10m 25s
    1. Ten Looks in Ten Minutes
      10m 25s
  24. 5m 36s
    1. Using camera height and POV to better tell your story
      5m 36s
  25. 9m 49s
    1. Tips for lighting an interview subject
      9m 49s

Watch this entire course now —plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Pro Video Tips
5h 25m Appropriate for all Apr 15, 2014 Updated Sep 23, 2014

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.

Subjects:
Video Shooting Video
Author:
Anthony Q. Artis

Taking 10 pounds off your subject

- This week on Pro Video Tips, I want to give you some techniques to make anybody look better on video. This is a really important topic for me, especially if you work in the world of corporate video like I do because if my clients don't look good then I don't look good. So, it's extremely important and it also goes to my bottom line of making money if you have the right skills and the right techniques to make anybody look better on camera. So, we're going to start with some of the basics. But the first one I am going to show you is how to take 10 pounds off. Contrary to popular belief, as you've heard me say before, a lot of people say the camera puts on 10 pounds, that is absolutely not true.

I think bad camera people put on 10 pounds. So, I am going to show you how to be a good camera person and take 10 pounds off of anybody, whether they need it or not. This is just a great, simple little technique. So let's start right away with the actual camera position, so I am going to turn on my key light. And we're going to start off with a bad example. So, don't jump back too bad when we see what we got here, but we're going to improve it. Going to turn on my key light, striking. So, I've got a key right here and this is a common mistake I see a lot of times from many of my students and that is lighting and shooting somebody from below So, this is basically the primary mistake people are making, I think, when they put 10 pounds on somebody, is lighting them from below and shooting them from below.

When you do this what happens, essentially, you have no definition around the chin area. So, you can give somebody a double-chin even if they are super skinny, you can totally give them a double-chin just by lighting them and shooting them from a certain angle. So, the first thing that I'm going to do that's going to help out Corey here, who's been kind enough to volunteer and sit in this chair, is that I'm going to raise my camera angle up and we're going to see right away that already her appearance starts to look very different on camera. Again, this is all perspective, it really doesn't have to do as much about what people look like, but really how you shoot and light them. So, let's start with camera position.

So, camera position, we're just go ahead and raise this up and as I start to raise up already, we see we took off about three, four pounds, right there just by raising the camera up. So, that's our first step right there, and that definitely helps a lot, but by no means is that the end of it. We still have the other issue of where the lighting's coming from. So, apart from getting possibly a little bit spookier lighting when you're lighting from below, we always want to light pretty much at eye level and generally above eye level.

But definitely, never below eye level. So right now, I'm coming a little bit below eye level and we're still getting a lot of light up in there. But, let's go ahead and give her some definition on her chin by raising this light up. So, I'm going to do that now. As I raise the light up, we can start to see I mean literally, you can see the definition coming underneath of her chin and just shaping her face right there. And I am going to angle the q-light down in a second, wait 'til I get it adjusted up there. So now, we're starting to look better, but we still can go a little bit further with this. I've got the light at a higher angle, but you can see that her face still looks really broad on camera because I had this very flat frontal lighting.

But look what happens if I bring the light over to the right-hand side. So this is how we are literally, going to start shaving pounds off of somebody. Here's the secret, remember lighting is as much as about the light as it is about the shadows. Anything I want people to see, I'm going to highlight with light. Anything I don't want you to see or pay attention to, I'm going to put in the shadows. So that's essentially what I am doing here on her face and now I'm not using the fill light for this example right here, you can certainly add in little bit. But, for this purpose of taking away somebody's facial profile, I don't really want to fill in too much light on that side.

So, this is our kind of after example right there. I might add a little fill for nose shadow, but I'm pretty happy with this. I think I can come up even more. So, I'm going to little bit more. Again, the higher I go, the more we start to cut down on that side. And right there, so right there with those little adjustments in camera angle and lighting, in particular, I've taken off 10 pounds and you can see right there my client Corey is a lot happer so I'm sure she's going to write me a much bigger check when this is all said and done.

So, hope you guys learned something. I'll see you on the next one.

There are currently no FAQs about Pro Video Tips.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Pro Video Tips.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.