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DV 101: A Hands-On Guide for Business, Government & Educators by Jan Ozer

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Chapter 3. Guerilla Lighting

Good lighting is absolutely essential to shooting good video. However, if you’re like me, 90 percent of the time you shoot your video without separate lights, using the sun (outdoors) or available lighting (indoors) as best you can.

Fortunately, a lack of lighting equipment doesn’t prevent you from producing great video. However, though it might sound paradoxical (if not downright Zen), you must know how to work with lighting equipment to understand how to do without it; this allows you to optimize results by positioning your subjects or the available light for maximum effect.

I’ll start by examining the two most common lighting combinations used on location and in the studio today. Then I’ll discuss some lighting fundamentals ...

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