Join Mark W. Gray for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting and gear workflow, part of Video Lighting and Grip Basics.
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- Now we're not going to get too much into the art of lighting in this course. But I'll show you what all this equipment does, what it's all called, and how to operate it properly. I've been shooting film since about 1990. Sometimes with big crews, sometimes with very very small crews. Sometimes we just me. But whether you're working on a lighting crew or lighting your own project it pays to keep your equipment organized and understand how it's designed to be used. Now there are certain standard ways of working with this gear that have evolved in the industry and are generally agreed upon.
That said, there is always room for personal preference. I'm going to show you the way I like to see this gear handled. If you find yourself working for someone who wants you to do something differently, that's okay. As long as it's safe. Most of the "rules" of working with lighting exist for safety and convenience. You'll find there are some regional differences in what things are called and there is a lot of slang. But the standards exist so you can walk on to pretty much any set in the country and slip right in to the lighting crews workflow.
Mark W. Gray demonstrates the lights, stands, and cables that are essential for video lighting. He'll talk about a basic "hot" lighting package like the ARRI Softbank Kit, florescent and LED lighting options, how to properly handle a c-stand, what the heck a "stinger" is, how to shape light with flags, and other important basic techniques for controlling light on your next video project.
NOTE: These techniques are brand-agnostic. If you don't have the lights Mark recommends, you can still get great results!