A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget

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Overview

The most significant contribution to film imagery is lighting. Lighting is the key to turning amateur footage into professional stories and presentation. A SHOT IN THE DARK: A CREATIVE DIY GUIDE TO DIGITAL VIDEO LIGHTING ON (ALMOST) NO BUDGET shows that good lighting doesn't always require expensive or extensive Hollywood hardware. With a little creativity, ingenuity, and some elbow grease, you can create your own lighting arsenal to handle a multitude of situations. This book will show do-it-yourselfers how to create their own equipment and how best to use it. The first part of the book teaches you about the basics—the fundamentals of light, color, exposure, and electricity—that are the building blocks of lighting. You'll discover what light is and how to control it. Once you have that foundation, the book will introduce tips, techniques, and hands-on projects that instruct you on how to create your own lighting tools from inexpensive, readily available resources. The only limit to what you can do is your imagination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435458635
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 473,951
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Holben began his career in theater, eventually becoming a master electrician and lighting designer before making the move to Hollywood first as an electrician, then as a gaffer, before advancing to become a director of photography. As a cinematographer, Holben shot commercials, music videos, documentaries, and feature films. In 1996 he started as a writer for "American Cinematographer Magazine," eventually rising to technical editor for the publication. He is currently the technical editor for "DV Magazine" and remains a contributing writer for "American Cinematographer" as well as "Videography magazine." Holben has also contributed to several other books including the "American Cinematographer Manual." He is now an independent producer/ director living in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Basic Supplies. 2. The Fundamentals. 3. Understanding Exposure. 4. Understanding Electricity. 5. Light Quality. 6. Lighting Techniques. 7. Soft Boxes. 8. Tungsten Fixtures. 9. Fluorescent Fixtures. 10. LEDs. 11. Thinking Outside the Box. 12. Additional Accessories / Tools. Glossary. Index.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    A must-read for all filmmakers

    Jay Holben has somewhow managed to squeeze a lifetime of practical knowledge into 250 very entertaining and informative pages. Every page is packed with hard-won secrets learned from his years behind the camera. The payoff for the reader? A solid foundation in the fundamentals of photographic lighting, and the tools and techniques needed to capture high quality moving images.

    This is the book that explains - in easy to understand detail - how stuff works. The explanation of electricity, how it works, and how to avoid disaster is more than worth the purchase price. In other words, it is now a lot less likely that we will electrocute somebody or burn a location down.

    Low budget? No problem. There's always a way. Jay Holben shows
    you how to use your imagination to create images that look big-budget.

    I strongly recommend this book for anyone who cares about the quality of their images - from beginner to pro. And I sincerely thank Jay Holben for his willingness to share such a treasure chest of valuable information with the rest of us.

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