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Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Enhance the visual quality of your motion pictures and digital videos with a solid understanding of lighting fundamentals. This complete course in digital video lighting begins with how the human eye and the camera process light and color, progresses through the basics of equipment and setups, and finishes with practical lessons on how to solve common problems. Filled with clear illustrations and real-world examples that demonstrate proper equipment use, safety issues, and staging techniques, Lighting for Digital Video presents readers with all they need to create their own visual masterpieces.

Features:
* film style techniques for digital video productions
* creating "movie" looks on a low budget
* lighting for HD
* how to maximize existing light
* how to be a grip + safety issues
* interview setups
* color correction techniques in mixed lighting situations

* Shows how to shoot in available light
* Color correction in mixed lighting situations
* Film-style lighting techniques that create realistic looks
* Specialized setups for blue screen, night shots, and product photography
* Lighting sets with fixed practical light sources

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  7. INTRODUCTION
  8. CHAPTER 1 Why Is Lighting Important for Television and Video?
    1. EXPOSURE AND CONTRAST
    2. BEYOND BASIC EXPOSURE
  9. CHAPTER 2 Human Vision, the Camera, and Exposure
    1. WHAT YOU SEE
    2. WHAT THE AUDIENCE SEES
    3. FITTING IN THE WINDOW
    4. SO WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T?
    5. INSIDE THE LEGAL VIDEO SIGNAL
    6. PROPER EXPOSURE
    7. CONTROLLING CONTRAST
    8. CONTROLLING COLOR
    9. THE KELVIN SCALE
  10. CHAPTER 3 Volts, Amps, and Watts
    1. STANDARD CONNECTORS
    2. POWER TIE-INS AND CONTRACTOR CONNECTIONS
    3. ELECTRICAL SAFETY
  11. CHAPTER 4 Lighting Instruments
    1. OPEN-FACED INSTRUMENTS
    2. LENSED INSTRUMENTS
    3. FLUORESCENT INSTRUMENTS
    4. HMI INSTRUMENTS
    5. CERAMIC DISCHARGE METAL HALIDE
    6. SOFT LIGHTS
    7. SPECIALITY INSTRUMENTS
    8. LED INSTRUMENTS
    9. COOKIES AND SNACK BOXES AREN’T FOR LUNCH
  12. CHAPTER 5 Lighting Controls and Uses
    1. GELS
    2. DIFFUSION
  13. CHAPTER 6 Basic Lighting Techniques
    1. A SENSE OF DEPTH
    2. BASIC LIGHTING SETUPS
    3. LIGHTING JU-JITSU, OR THE ART OF THE REFLECTOR
    4. USING A KICKER FOR MODELING
    5. USING SOFT LIGHTS
    6. HARD OR SOFT?
  14. CHAPTER 7 Interview Setups
    1. BASIC THREE-POINT INTERVIEW SETUP
    2. HARD OR SOFT?
    3. SIMPLIFYING THE SOFT LOOK
    4. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
  15. CHAPTER 8 Solving Common Problems
    1. HOT SPOTS: FILM FOLKS, BE VIGILANT!
    2. EYEGLASSES
    3. PRACTICALS AND LIGHT SOURCES IN FRAME
    4. LIGHTING DARK COMPLEXIONS
    5. TOO MUCH LIGHT IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES!
    6. DIFFERENT COLOR TEMPERATURES IN THE SCENE
  16. CHAPTER 9 Studio Lighting
    1. POWER SYSTEM AND GRID
    2. FLUORESCENT INSTRUMENTS
    3. LED LIGHTING
    4. DESIGNING A LIGHTING PLAN WITH FLOS OR LEDS
    5. FLAT LIGHTING
  17. CHAPTER 10 Advanced Lighting Setups
    1. ESTABLISHING MOOD
    2. LIGHTING DARKNESS: INTERIORS
    3. LIGHTING DARKNESS: EXTERIORS
    4. DAYTIME EXTERIOR CONTRAST MANAGEMENT
    5. LIGHT SURGERY
  18. CHAPTER 11 Lighting Low-Budget Locations
    1. MAKE LOCATION LEMONADE
    2. LOW-BUDGET LIGHTING PRINCIPLES
    3. LOW-BUDGET LIGHTING PROCESS
    4. USING EXISTING LIGHT AND IMPROVISED CHEAP LIGHTING
  19. CHAPTER 12 Specialized Lighting
    1. PRODUCT SHOTS
    2. FOOD SHOTS
    3. LIGHTNING AND FIRE
    4. AUTOMOBILE INTERIORS
    5. BLUE- AND GREENSCREEN
    6. CHURCH AND WEDDING LIGHTING
    7. LIVE THEATRE TAPING
  20. CHAPTER 13 Imagination and Invention
  21. APPENDIX 1 USING A LIGHT METER FOR VIDEO
    1. LIGHT METER BASICS
  22. APPENDIX 2 BASIC PRIMER IN SIGNAL MONITORING
    1. WAVEFORM MONITOR
    2. VECTORSCOPE
  23. APPENDIX 3 ADDRESSES OF MANUFACTURERS
  24. GLOSSARY
  25. INDEX