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4th Edition

Lighting for Digital Video and Television

ISBN 9781138937956
Published June 3, 2020 by Routledge
294 Pages 194 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book gives a comprehensive overview of lighting equipment and techniques for digital production. Suitable for either beginners or more advanced users, the fully updated fourth edition covers human sight vs. film or video, the basic issues of contrast and exposure, with explanation of how exposure of digital video differs from analog video or film, electrical connectors, requirements, electrical load management, safety issues, and the latest LED systems.

A variety of basic lighting setups for different situations are explained, with clear diagrams and photos showing the "look" of each approach. Techniques for shooting in available light and dealing with color problems in mixed lighting situations is examined. More advanced film-style lighting is covered, especially techniques in creating a convincing realistic look. A special section deals with solutions to common problems, ranging from reflections on glasses and dealing with white walls, to lighting very light-skinned and very dark-skinned subjects in the same shot. Special lighting situations, such as lighting night scenes or bluescreen sets, are covered in detail, with studio lighting covered in a dedicated separate chapter. The book is also peppered with anecdotes and trivia about lighting techniques and the lighting trade.

It is the ideal text for both beginners studying lighting and cinematography, as well as more advanced practitioners.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Why is Lighting Important for Television and Video?

Chapter 2 Human Vision, the Camera, and Exposure

Chapter 3 Volts, Amps, and Watts

Chapter 4 Lighting Instruments

Chapter 5 Lighting Controls and Uses

Chapter 6 Basic Lighting Techniques

Chapter 7 Interview Setups

Chapter 8 Solving Common Problems

Chapter 9 Studio Lighting

Chapter 10 Advanced Lighting Setups

Chapter 11 Lighting Low-Budget Locations

Chapter 12 Specialized Lighting

Chapter 13 Imagination and Invention

Appendix 1 Using a Light Meter for Video

Appendix 2 Basic Primer in Signal Monitoring

Appendix 3 Addresses of Manufacturers



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John Jackman is an author and filmmaker who has been involved in dramatic and video production since the mid-1970s. He has produced several feature films and documentaries and has contributed to numerous industry magazines.