Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting your own lighting footage, part of Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value.
…Beyond using software plugins to create interesting…backgrounds and lighting layers, if you have…access to a camera, get out there and start shooting some of your own elements.…You just need interesting moving shadows, colors or lights, and a bit of creativity.…For example, here was a set of wind chimes that I shot with a…simple Canon Optura DV camera down in San Diego at a nice street market.…Now this shot is a bit too distinct.…What I did was put the camera way out of focus…on this and I ended up with something that looks like this.…
Now I'm getting abstracted colors and shapes and movements.…It's not something that's going to stick out as…being pieces of glass hanging from strings, it's interesting lights.…And using organic random natural footage is an alternative to using studio shots.…The Canon Optura has a very strange aperture opening for the sensor and…as a result, you get these really odd streaks and shapes to the highlights.…After processing in After Effects, that's turned into this clip…which you've seen me use multiple times inside this course.…
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- Compositing footage shot on black
- Tinting and color-balancing footage to change its mood and unify multiple clips
- Adding a filmic glow
- Introducing artificial lighting to add mystery and interest to a scene
- Relighting existing footage
- Using the Warp Stabilizer and Rolling Shutter Repair to smooth out wobbly shots