Lighting a Video Interview

with Richard Harrington and James Ball
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Lighting a Video Interview
Video duration: 0s 2h 28m Intermediate


Interview lighting should make the subject and the interviewer look great. But you need the right equipment and the right understanding of the shoot's goals to accurately control its look and feel. Join Rich Harrington and Jim Ball as they walk through the gear and information you need to properly light a video interview. Discover how to determine the mood and genre of the interview, properly expose your shots, establish a schedule for the shoot, choose a backdrop, and frame the shot. Plus, learn techniques for controlling the light with flagging, bouncing, diffusion, and other techniques used by the pros.

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Topics include:
  • Creating a lighting kit of essential gear
  • Working with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Determining the emotional tone and genre of the interview
  • Choosing a background
  • Finding the best angle
  • Using three-point lighting
  • Lighting backgrounds and faces
  • Color correcting light on set


- Hi, thanks for joining us. We're gonna be exploring lighting for a video interview. I'm gonna walk you through the complete process that it takes to get ready for a video interview. Joining me for this course is my good friend, Director of Photography Jim Ball and he's gonna share his expertise. We'll make sure that you really feel up to speed on the planning and the thought process that goes into putting together an interview, as well as some of the artistic decisions you need to make. We'll also walk you through all the essential gear that you'll need to pull off great looking professional interviews.

There's a lot of things to cover so why don't we jump in and start to explore.

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