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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 10Lighting

Comprehensive lighting instructions are beyond the scope of this book, but you will need some basic points. In the notes for Project 1-AP-3 Analyze Lighting (in the Appendix) you’ll find a brief illustrated description of lighting terms. Later in this chapter you will find a simple and reliable setup that can get you through a lot. Shooting in black and white requires great skill to give your imagery dimension, space, and textures, but color greatly simplifies the task by separating tones by hue. This means you need less elaborate lighting strategies to get pleasing results. Modern video cameras also make it easy to work in low light situations. The technology is on your side.

Lighting and Spontaneity

Lighting in fiction ...

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