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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Selecting Professional Lights

A complete survey of lighting gear would make a thick catalog, but here are some guidelines on the main types of light sources and how to apply them to achieve your technical and creative goals.

While there's no type of lighting that's specially designed for DV, or even for video, DV's greater sensitivity to light at low levels makes it possible to use lower-powered lights—especially if you're shooting indoors.

On the other hand, when you're shooting outdoors, particularly in bright sunlight, you may actually need bigger, brighter lights than a film crew would. The sun can create such hot key light that you might need high-powered lights to create sufficient fill to come within an acceptable contrast range for DV. ...

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