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

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

by Alan Steinheimer

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A practical, hands-on guide to lighting for video, this book explores how LEDs are changing the aesthetics of lighting and provides students with an indispensable guide to the everyday techniques required to produce professional-quality lighting in the age of LEDs and wireless control options.

The book focuses on first-hand application of technical knowledge, beginning with simple lighting setups and progressing to more complicated scenarios, and features accompanying diagrams, illustrations and case studies to demonstrate their real-world application. Key topics covered include basic three-point lighting, lighting moving actors, set lighting and exposure, instrument selection, bringing style to your lighting, color temperature and the Kelvin scale, exterior lighting, lighting categories and genres, green-screen techniques, money and budgeting, and electricity and electrical distribution. The book also provides guidance on career paths including what a grip does, case studies with photos and diagrams, and an extensive glossary of set terminology to introduce students to the language of filmmaking.

A must-have resource for film and media production students taking classes in lighting and/or cinematography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781000177725
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 47 MB
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About the Author

Alan Steinheimer has 30 plus years of filmmaking experience, with 25 years of lighting as a gaffer and lighting director in San Francisco Bay Area. His resume includes feature films such as The Darwin Awards, documentary and corporate work, commercials, and music videos such as Britney Spears’ Oops, I Did it Again. He appears regularly as a guest expert in the Meet the Gaffer series on YouTube.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 Why we light; Chapter 2 Lighting basics; Chapter 3 Grip equipment basics; Chapter 4 Electricity; Chapter 5 Exposure and compression; Chapter 6 Color temperature, the Kelvin scale, and gels; Chapter 7 Refining portrait lighting and cross keying; Chapter 8 Planning for motion on set; Chapter 9 Background lighting; Chapter 10 Choice of lights: 3200K and Kino Flos; Chapter 11 LED lights; Chapter 12 HMIs; Chapter 13 DMX and controlling lights; Chapter 14 Green and blue screen; Chapter 15 Daytime exterior lighting; Chapter 16 Nighttime exteriors; Chapter 17 Types and genres of lighting; Chapter 18 Advanced electrical; Chapter 19 Generators; Chapter 20 Advanced gripping; Chapter 21 Introducing style to lighting; Chapter 22 Set safety; Chapter 23 Money vs. aesthetics; Chapter 24 Freelancing; Case studies #1-5; Glossary and set Vocabulary; Index

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