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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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Look Behind You: Background Lighting

Or, rather, look behind your talent. Don’t neglect the environment around the talent. Is there too much light back there? Is there not enough? Have you set your room tone?

Background lighting should define the environment around the talent, but never distract from them (unless, of course, there is narrative reason for distraction).

Many times, when I entered a location, the background lighting would be the first thing I considered. Where are the practical lights? How should this space look? Where can I accentuate or remove light? I’d start lighting the space around the talent first, and then find out where the talent was going to be and where they were going to move and then I would decide how to augment, ...

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