1 The lighting team

In the beginning there was darkness.

When asked what he did for a living, a lighting director once said I paint with light’. This concept of using light to create the visual effect required by the camera is so simple that it is often overlooked.

Much as a painter knows the materials available and makes choices about what to use, and when, so must anyone concerned with lighting for video.

The team

Television is made up of pictures and sound. The pictures come from the cameras, but the cameras need light to see. Whilst on location there is often plenty of light around accidentally’, from ambient daylight, room lights, etc. It is the lighting team’s job to use, supplement or eliminate this natural light. In the totally controlled ...

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