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By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harvesting Sunlight for Your Video Productions

harvesting sunlight for your productions requires a strategic dance

One obvious difference between using artificial lights and harvesting sunlight is that we can’t move the sun. The constantly changing position of our light source becomes a strategic dance. If we don’t follow its steps fast enough, we might create unwanted shadows with the crew or gear.

Taking the time to plan the position of our cameras, select the proper lenses, and figure out how to block our talent becomes essential when using the sun as a keylight.

Follow these tips to make the most of the sunlight you’ve got on your video shoot:

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, February 7, 2015

How—and Why—to Use LED Lights for Video Shoots

LED lights are ideal for video shoots

LED lights have revolutionized lighting.

They’re lightweight and are more versatile than traditional lights. LEDs also operate at a comfortable temperature, making them perfect for use in smaller spaces.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Jim Ball and I step you through the benefits of using LED lights for video shoots.

By Rick Allen Lippert | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Conference Lighting Tips You Can Do at Home

get great video conference lighting at home

If you watch TV news, then you’ve seen interviews conducted over the Internet. Almost without fail, the people in those interviews look terrible.

They rely on either the overhead light in the room or they sit with their backs against a window—or both.

Whether it’s your 15 minutes of fame, an important job interview, or just chatting online with friends or relatives, there are a few simple things you can do to get great video conference lighting at home. The best part: You can do it with just one or two lamps.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, September 27, 2014

Production Tips: Using Small Lights on Your Video Set

Small lights & other gear for video shoots

Sometimes you need a light that can be placed in a small space—where a traditional light can’t go.

Small lights can be tucked away to fill in the shadows and add accent colors on set. They can also be attached to a camera’s hot shoe to add some fill light.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and guest host James Ball explain the benefits of having small lights in your kit.

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