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

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Lighting Techniques

Volumes have been written on movie lighting methodology, but here are some techniques that are particularly useful when you are shooting DV.

Light for Narrow Contrast Range

The single most important thing to remember about lighting for DV is that, like all video, it has a much narrower contrast range than film. As we noted in Chapter 1, film has a working contrast range of about 100:1, while video has only 30:1.

Keep It Within Five F-Stops

DPs recommend keeping the contrast range of a video scene within five f-stops on the camera.

REALITY CHECK

The easiest way to work within DV's narrow contrast range is to soften your light ...

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