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

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Modeling Faces

For most digital cinematographers, shooting faces is the majority of their workload. Because of that fact, it’s time to put all the knowledge you’ve learned thus far into creating, sculpting, and modeling the light on the human face.

Model Jennine Dwyer is lit very simply with a 650W Fresnel into a Chimera softbox from her 6:30H and 10:30V position. The softbox has a diffusion face 24×32 inches large and it is, approximately, 3½ feet away from her.

Learning from Rembrandt

I’m going to dip back into the “classics” a bit, again, because it’s an oldie, but a goodie. The “Rembrandt” style of lighting pleasantly shows off the shape ...

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