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Practicals: Lighting On Set

Zack Gross

Lighting can be a daunting subject once you come to realize a film or video’s look is almost entirely based on how it’s lit. And knowing what type of light would be good for a particular situation is difficult to judge, even for an experienced DP, unless you have access to the location and know your setup before the shoot. So, while practice does make (occasionally) perfect, I definitely recommend opening up a lighting textbook or internet browser in the beginning and familiarizing yourself with the different types of lights used in film and video.

Practicals: Camera Sensitivity

Zack Gross

Understanding the Basics

Camera sensitivity is a very dense subject, with so many factors to consider it’s hard not to make an entire series of Practicals about each one. So for convenience sake, this episode of Practicals covers the broad strokes of camera sensitivity, or ISO.

Your ISO, along with shutter speed and aperture, is one of the three main factors you adjust to get a proper exposure.