Lighting and Sets
Set design and lighting design are two sides of the same coin. While the traditional mode of set design begins with an assessment of program needs (number of talent, for example), lighting design is a somewhat constricted art due to the specific technical requirements needed to create the video image. Both topics are extensive in their own right and entire courses are based on each. The goal of this chapter is to introduce each in a most basic sense and limited only to the affiliate-level newscast. It is important to note that lighting and set design are tightly limited by the station or program budget, the physical limitations of the studio, and the lighting package available for use in any given setup.