Learn the basics of great video lighting. Mark W. Gray introduces the essential lights, stands, cables, and other tools for shooting video.
- Hi, I'm Mark W. Gray. Welcome to Lighting and Grip Essentials. In this course, I'll be showing you the basics of working with the kind of lighting equipment you're likely to encounter on a typical small video shoot. Now there are situations where natural light is enough to shoot with, but rarely is it coming from exactly the right direction to make your scene look its best. While you may be able to get an exposure without doing any lighting, in most situations you can improve how a scene looks dramatically by lighting it from the proper angles. Now the package we're working with today consists of lights.
We've got Tungsten units here, fluorescents and even LEDs. We've got stands, which hold the lights up. We've got distribution, which just is a fancy word to mean cables to power the lights and we've got grip equipment, which includes stands and flags. That's for shaping the light. Now you may not be working with exactly the same brand of lights that I'm demonstrating today, but they all have pretty much the same features and controls. So this should prepare you for anything. Okay, let's get started.
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!