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2. Light > Add Diffusion to a Camcorder Light

Add Diffusion to a Camcorder Light

Lighting is an important aspect of capturing good video images, but you need some control over it.

When shooting on the go—during a wedding reception, a nightclub party, or for a documentary, for example—it helps to have portable lighting. Many companies offer lights that attach to your camera and draw power from it. However, these lights offer little control, if any, over the beam of light provided.

Camcorder lights are usually very small, yet very bright, lights that sit atop your camera. Although some lights provide some control over the light, through the use of barndoors, most do not provide any control. It’s light or no light.

Tip

Barndoors usually consist of four metal flags attached to the sides of the light, and are common on professional lights. By closing a flag, partially or completely, you can change the amount of light emitted. Barndoors still don’t solve the problem of the sometimes harsh light emitted.


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