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Basics of Video Production, 2nd Edition by Graham Swainson, Des Lyver

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15  Location lighting

Location lighting must be easy - you’ve got all that natural light there already! Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact location lighting is so difficult it’s almost impossible, but don’t give up yet! The two main problems are too much light and too few lighting tools. They need to be addressed together, but to understand them better and move toward solutions it might be a good idea to treat them separately.

The problem of too much light centres round the fact that natural light is not where you most need it to get the best shot. Daylight is the usual culprit, and one of the main difficulties with daylight is that it changes. Even taking out the obvious that there is less light at night, during the course of a ...

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