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Dell and Lights

Yesterday I woke up and was about to close to the blind to the window behind my computer monitor (so I could see what was on the screen), but something one the wall caught my eye.


For those who don't know, I use Dell monitors on my editing machines. They're really nice.

But this post isn't about Dell. It's about light, and using light in your pictures to make them rock.

How does one get better at lighting sets and actors?

1. Practice.

2. Look.

Which comes first is really a "chicken/egg" question. You need to practice lighting and you need to look around both when lighting and not. If you see something cool happen naturally, try to recreate it with your lights on set (i.e. In your basement/bedroom).

There are also a lot of great resources out there to give you ideas you can use to improve your lighting as well. If you haven't checked out DJTV (Digital Juice Televsion), you should.

I'm still working through the 24 Hour Contest videos as well. I think I'm well over half way through them by now. I hope to have commented on all of them by the end of the week.

~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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