Should You Use Dutch Angles in Your Films? (Answer: Yes, But...)
Learn how to use an incident and spot meter to determine the proper brightness value of your subject.
The term “coverage” refers to the variety of shots you use to visually tell your story.
Learn industry standard safety techniques for working with light fixtures
Inexperienced filmmakers and studio executives tend to love it. Everyone else, for the most part, tends to hate it.
Learn basic shooting techniques to make the best quality footage, both visually and for the edit
Lighting is an essential tool for enhancing the video image. The subtle use of light creates atmosphere and mood, dimension, and texture.
An essential element in producing excellent video is correct lighting.
Good compositions work not only because of what is included in the frame, but also because of what is left out of it.
Looking at a well-balanced image, we see that it has a settled, stable look. An unbalanced shot, on the other hand, has an insecure, uncertain feel to it.
I spent the last weekend participating in the Illumination Experience Cinematography Tour (illumination.mzed.com).
I’m doing some research into lenses for my Canon 40D DSLR and have come across lenses being referred to as Prime lenses.
The long shot (LS) is sometimes called the wide shot (WS) and is also known as the establishing shot, the master shot, or the cover shot.
A Quick Tip for New Shooters
One of the principle duties of a director is to determine how to visually present every moment in the script, and this means choosing shots.
Let’s go over the names for each type of shot, going from wide to tight:
The first thing you should adjust in any correction is the black level, which is sometimes also referred to as pedestal, lift, or setup.
Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.
Since the release of his 2008 short film Reverie, which was shot using the Canon 5D Mark II, Vincent Laforet has become an influential figure in the video-making community.
Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:
If there is anything I could change after teaching lighting for 35 years at the college level and working as a practicing commercial shooter, it would be this.
Filmmaking is about creating something out of nothing, and no matter how prepared you may think you are, problems always arise on set.
Canted shots are composed with a camera tilted laterally, so that the horizon is not level and vertical lines run diagonally across the frame.
Variations in lens height can be an effective tool for adding subtext to a shot.
Black and white imagery gives a feeling of elegance to a photo or video, but there’s more to creating the art than simply turning off the color saturation in your editing program.
I’m sure you’ve heard this, “If you light it right…” or “With good lighting, the scene will…” What does that mean? What is “good” lighting?