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Turning Home Video into Pro Video > Turning Home Video into Pro Video - Pg. 54

Video Lighting: A Crash Course · If you decide to add lights to your setup, you don't need expensive movie lights. At the hardware store, buy some inexpensive photorefector lights (those cheap, silver, bowl- shaped fxtures) and equip them with photofood or tungsten work-light bulbs. · If you're aiming for professional quality, create soft fll lights by bouncing light off a big square of white foam-core board (which you can get at Kmart, Home Depot, and so on), or a big piece of cardboard covered by foil or newspaper. This arrangement creates a beautiful soft light--great for closeups. Bouncing lights off a white ceiling makes for a pleasantly soft key light, too. · Tracing paper, tissue paper, and translucent plastic (such as shower-door material) make great diffusers for soft light, too. (Just don't put the paper in contact with the bulb; this kind of paper, especially tissue paper, ignites easily if it gets too hot.) · Be alert to the presence of shiny surfaces like windows, glass, chrome, and highly polished wood in your shots. They can refect your lights into the camera, making it look as though someone is shining a light directly into the lens. · If the backlight spills into the lens, you get fares--those oddly shaped patches of light that move across the frame as the camera pans. The sun behind the subject, or car headlights, often cause fares. If you can avoid this effect, do so.