Shaping Light for Video in the Age of LEDs: A Practical Guide to the Art, Craft, and Business of Lighting

Shaping Light for Video in the Age of LEDs: A Practical Guide to the Art, Craft, and Business of Lighting

by Alan Steinheimer

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Overview

Shaping Light for Video in the Age of LEDs: A Practical Guide to the Art, Craft, and Business of Lighting by Alan Steinheimer

Shaping Light is a practical, hands-on guide to lighting for video. Using a Dummies-style approach, the book explains lighting techniques through real-world examples, including recent updates on the groundbreaking use of LED lighting and wireless control options. This book focuses on firsthand application of technical knowledge, to appeal to cinematography students and video freelancers. Beginning with simple lighting setups and progressing to more complicated scenarios, the book holds the reader’s attention with illustrative anecdotes, and links theory to real-world applications.

The book covers

• Basic three-point lighting

• Lighting moving actors

• Set lighting and exposure

• Instrument selection including the many LEDs

• Bringing style to your lighting

• Color temperature and the Kelvin scale

• Exterior lighting: day and night

• Lighting categories and genres – what to expect

• Green-screen techniques

• Money and budgeting

• Electricity and electrical distribution

• What does a grip do?

• Case studies, with photos and diagrams

• Career paths

• Extensive glossary

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983707523
Publisher: Aarhus Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 180,857
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
CHAPTER 1 WHY USE LIGHTING? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
CHAPTER 2 TALKING HEADS AND OTHER FACES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
CHAPTER 3 PEOPLE DON'T STAND STILL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
CHAPTER 4 BACKGROUND LIGHTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
CHAPTER 5 EXPOSURE AND COMPRESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
CHAPTER 6 CHOICE OF TOOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
CHAPTER 7 INTRODUCING STYLE TO LIGHTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
CHAPTER 8 WHAT IS WHITE? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
CHAPTER 9 WINDOWS AND F/16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
CHAPTER 10 PLAYING OUTSIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
CHAPTER 11 PLAYING OUTSIDE AT NIGHT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
CHAPTER 12 STYLES OF LIGHTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
CHAPTER 13 LUTS, REC709, AND THE DIFFICULTIES OF MONITORING PICTURE . 165
CHAPTER 14 GREEN (AND BLUE) SCREEN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
CHAPTER 15 MONEY VS. AESTHETICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
CHAPTER 16 ELECTRICITY: YOUR FRIEND (MOST OF THE TIME). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
CHAPTER 17 ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
CHAPTER 18 GENERATORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
CHAPTER 19 GRIPPING AND SET SAFETY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
CHAPTER 20 SUPER-SIZING YOUR SHOOT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
CHAPTER 21 FINAL THOUGHTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
CHAPTER 22 CASE STUDIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Case #1: Green screen for an indie film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Case #2: Interviews on a still photo stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
Case #3: Interview in a theatre lobby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Case #4: Roundtable discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Case #5: Interviews in a chem lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Case #6: Spaceship set for a commercial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Case #7: Daytime exterior with the Arri S360 LED panel . . . . . . . . . . 272
GLOSSARY AND SET VOCABULARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
APPENDICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
Vlogs and other learning opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
20 reasons to love and hate freelancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324
A code for freelancers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329

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