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Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

I love a challenge, as that’s when I get to do my best work. One of these spots was easy, one was moderately difficult, and one was hard…

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

I’m constantly experimenting with common lighting setups and trying to make them better. There is no more common lighting setup than that of the talking head interview. Here…

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

While working as a young second camera assistant on a film TV series in the 1990s, I noticed the DP set the camera shutter to 144 degrees (1/60th of…

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

How does TLCI stack up against the other measures of color accuracy? I’ve argued that its testing methodologies might be suspect, but I’ve never actually looked…

Stella Pro 10,000c LED

Stella Pro 10,000c LED

Stella Pro 10,000c, by Light & Motion, is shipping. This is a very small, powerful, and weatherproof LED. If you are a news shooter or someone who has to…

Seven Steps for Lighting a Scene from Barry Andersson

Seven Steps for Lighting a Scene from Barry Andersson

Barry Andersson has written for PVC before, as well as putting on a few webinars, and now he is taking his training expertise on the road. Barry’s Practical…

Light & Motion Announces Stella Light Kits For Video

Light & Motion Announces Stella Light Kits For Video

Lights… actually easy to use lights can make your life as a run & gun shooter surprisingly, well, easier. Otherwise, if the lights are too cumbersome or temperamental then…

Cinematography Tips and Tricks: Cheap Zooms, Monitor Gamma, and Flicker

Cinematography Tips and Tricks: Cheap Zooms, Monitor Gamma, and Flicker

When I don’t have time to write a dedicated article I’m going to write one of these mini articles, where I wax eloquent about whatever happens…

REVIEW: Fotodiox Flapjack Edge-lit LED Lights

REVIEW: Fotodiox Flapjack Edge-lit LED Lights

Edge-lighting is just what it sounds like – instead of an array of front-facing LEDs, the LEDs are arranged around the edge of the fixture, facing into a large…

Flashpoint LED Panels Best Bang for Your Buck!

Flashpoint LED Panels Best Bang for Your Buck!

Flashpoint LED panel lights are durable, portable and quality construction – and best of all, affordable. I’ve used other higher-priced brands of LED panel lights in the…

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