Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video How much light do you need?, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- One of the first considerations in lighting,…is knowing how much light do you need to light a scene.…How much light you've put on the scene…is a basic fact of physics.…Without knowing this fact,…consistency is a whole lot harder to maintain.…I'm drawing a distinction between how much light you need,…and how much light you actually use.…How much light you need is most an aesthetic…and a technical consideration.…The camera has a need for a certain amount of light,…that sets the minimum amount of light you need.…
The amount of light you use is a matter of judgement,…and determines a lot about the look of the film.…Typically, we try to use as little light as we have to,…to create the look we want.…What I'm trying to advise against…is lighting a scene without knowing the minimum…amount of light the camera needs,…or how to light to that minimum level.…If you don't know these two things,…your tendency will be to over-light,…in order to avoid under-exposure.…
When you over-light, your scenes may have more contrast…than you want them to have.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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