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Free Practical Lighting Techniques for a Cinematic Look

Par Zach Ramelan

You don’t need an expensive lighting set up to get a cinematic look. Here are some simple tips to make dramatic lighting with household practicals.

Breaking: Aputure Releases Their New Line of Light-Shaping Accessories

Par Robbie Janney

Aputure has released 5 new accessories that will elevate your lighting game to a whole new level. Here's what you need to know.

How Documentary Filmmakers Make Synthetic Light Look Natural

Par Lyndsay Knecht

On low-budget documentary shoots, protecting the environment means careful use of natural light. But what if timing ruins a moment the crew can't recreate?

How to Shoot a Green Screen for Perfect Chroma Keying

Par Todd Blankenship

Shooting video on a blue or green screen can be tricky. We've rounded up some tips to help you successfully pull the cleanest key possible.

Uplighting: Why Mobile DJs Should Care About Basic Lighting Aesthetics

Par Jon Strader

At weddings and other events, some really basic uplighting can make an event feel incredibly more immersive. In today's article, veteran mobile DJ Jon Strader shares his advice on uplighting at mobile gigs.

The post Uplighting: Why Mobile DJs Should Care About Basic Lighting Aesthetics appeared first on DJ TechTools.

Inside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety Skills

Par Caleb Stephens

The Electric Department is the backbone of any production. Let's look at the roles, tools, and responsibilities behind safely powering a set.

Why Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft Light

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we take a look at why most filmmakers and photographers prefer to light their subjects with large, soft light sources.

The Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on Set

Par Rubidium Wu

You can create dramatic compositions by bouncing hard light off something to make it soft, and create sharp edges and punchy, bold images.

Follow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene

Par Rubidium Wu

Lighting a moving subject and staying out of frame is always difficult. The solution to this problem is easy: follow fill.

The Simple, Stable Solution to Rigging Your Lights Anywhere

Par Rubidium Wu

So how can you position your lights exactly where you want them — without the shooting environment constraining your setup?

Making Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together

Par Rubidium Wu

Practical lighting vs. cinematic lighting — this article examines how to use practical lighting to create a cinematic look.

Creamsource presents European debut of SpaceX Studio Fixture at IBC2019

Par Denise Williams

Creamsource, the pioneering advanced lighting technology company, formerly known as Outsight, will publicly showcase the extremely popular Creamsource SpaceX for the first time in Europe, on the Lights Camera Action (LCA) Stand #12.D39 at IBC2019. This brand-new approach to toplighting in an ergonomic and lightweight form factor — coupled with radical value — sets this ...

Three Quick Tips for Filming in the Midday Sun Without Diffusion Tools

Par Lewis McGregor

Here's some advice on how to use natural light when shooting various exterior (and interior) scenes either low- or no-budget.

A Cheap Trick for Lighting a Daylight Interior Car Scene

Par Lewis McGregor

Here are a few techniques to master the subtleties of lighting a car interior in daylight — without breaking your budget.

Exciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future Set

Par Rubidium Wu

In the wake of the multiple announcements at this year's IBC, let's look at some of the newest and craziest lights about to hit the market.

Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting

Par Rubidium Wu

Uplighting is a great tool in any DP or gaffer's tool kit. Let’s look at the main ways uplighting gets used (and misused) in cinematography.

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