A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget

A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget

By: Jay Holben (author)Paperback

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The most significant contribution to any photographic image is lighting. Lighting is the key to turning amateur footage into professional stories and presentation. "Lighting From The Hardware Store: A Creative Diy Guide For Digital Video Shooters" shows students that good lighting doesn't require the expensive Hollywood hardware. With a little creativity, ingenuity, and some elbow grease, they can create their own lighting arsenal to handle a multitude of situations. This book will show do-it-yourselfers how to create their own equipment and how best to use it.

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About Author

Jay Holben began his career in theater, eventually becoming a master electrician and lighting designer before making the move to Hollywood first as an electrician, then as a gaffer, before advancing to become a director of photography. As a cinematographer, Holben shot commercials, music videos, documentaries, and feature films. In 1996 he started as a writer for "American Cinematographer Magazine," eventually rising to technical editor for the publication. He is currently the technical editor for "DV Magazine" and remains a contributing writer for "American Cinematographer" as well as "Videography magazine." Holben has also contributed to several other books including the "American Cinematographer Manual." He is now an independent producer/ director living in Los Angeles.


Introduction. 1. Basic Supplies. 2. The Fundamentals. 3. Understanding Exposure. 4. Understanding Electricity. 5. Light Quality. 6. Lighting Techniques. 7. Soft Boxes. 8. Tungsten Fixtures. 9. Fluorescent Fixtures. 10. LEDs. 11. Thinking Outside the Box. 12. Additional Accessories / Tools. Glossary. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781435458635
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781435458635
  • weight: 820
  • ISBN10: 143545863X

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