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Lighting a Video Interview

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Learn how to assemble the right gear, frame your shoot, and control the lighting on the set of a video interview. Get techniques that will flatter your subjects and your budget.

Interview lighting should make the subject and the interviewer look great. But you need the right equipment and the right understanding of the shoot's goals to accurately control its look and feel. Join Rich Harrington and Jim Ball as they walk through the gear and information you need to properly light a video interview. Discover how to determine the mood and genre of the interview, properly expose your shots, establish a schedule for the shoot, choose a backdrop, and frame the shot. Plus, learn techniques for controlling the light with flagging, bouncing, diffusion, and other techniques used by the pros.

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  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. The Objectives of Interview Lighting
  • What are the objectives?
  • Things to consider before you arrive
2. The Essential Equipment
  • A basic light kit
  • Light types
  • Stands
  • Light modifiers
  • Stingers and adapters
3. A Review of the Exposure Triangle
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
4. Determine the Mood
  • Time of day
  • Emotional tone of the interview
  • Genre
5. Establish a Schedule
  • Time vs. resources
  • Compromise
6. Considerations Before the Interview
  • Bringing the talent on set
  • Interview tone and mood continuity
  • Technical concerns
7. Background of an Interview
  • Interview space as the background
  • Interview backdrop
8. Framing the Shot
  • Evaluating the space
  • Finding the best angle
  • Talent standing in the shot
9. The Essentials of Three-Point Lighting
  • Key light
  • Fill light
  • Back light
10. Make It Look Good
  • Lighting the background
  • Lighting the talent's face
11. Techniques for Controlling the Light
  • Flagging
  • Bouncing
  • Dimming
  • Netting
  • Diffusing
  • Color correcting
12. Finalizing the Shot
  • Using a stand-in
  • Evaluating the talent's wardrobe
  • Final adjustments
  • Set the eye line
  • Bringing it all together
  • Wrapping up

Taught by

James Ball and Richard Harrington

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