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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Being Reflective: Using Mirrors as a Light Source

Very early on in my lighting career I became a big fan of mirrors. I always had a package of 1′ ×1′ mirror tiles in my kit and often carried two to four 4′×4′ mirrors on the lighting truck with me.

Mirrors are truly wonderful tools. They can turn one light source into two. If I have only one light and I position it to my talent’s left, I can use a mirror on my talent’s right to bounce the light passing them right back onto them and turn that single source into two sources. Anytime you put light into a mirror, you get back a harder source. This is because you’re increasing the distance to that source. If your light source is 10 feet from your talent’s left and your mirror is 10 feet from your ...

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