CHAPTER 11Lighting for Video



When it comes to image acquisition, lighting is still the art that separates the amateurs from the pros.

—Jay Holben, Producer


You light with the lights you have, not the lights you wish you had. The difference between a good gaffer and a great gaffer is knowing how to best use the lights you have.

—Jefrey M. Hamel, Lighting Director


Many times the difference between a good show and a great show is the lighting! Good lighting can transform a routine, uninteresting shot into an attractive, appealing image that draws the audience’s attention.

Lighting allows the camera to record a quality image and is usually needed to increase or reduce depth of field. However, lighting is also a great manipulator of the audience. ...

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