Lighting For Video That Doesn’t Suck


I’ve been wanting to do some tutorial videos for a long time. Finally was able to get one done. This one is on lighting for video.

I, like many in the video production field, follow a number of different blogs on the subject of video and marketing.  If you’ve been there, you’ve seen the periodic rants from “professionals” about amateurs coming into the arena with cut prices and little talent with further rants about how the general business public are tolerating amateur video quality.

Like in politics, there’s a grain of truth in that.

And like politics, there are very few professionals left. In politics they used to be called “Statesmen”. And true statesmen never bothered too much with the general rants of press and opposition. They’d just get on with the job and improve things, educate and  lead people by example.

One of the untruths is that the general business public accept low quality. They don’t. Just low quality businesses do. And who wants them for clients anyway?

So maybe there’d be some benefit in providing some real practical knowledge so that those current amateurs (aspiring professionals) can learn a few of the basic conventions that have evolved over the past 100 years or so which form the bedrock of what makes a quality film or video that people will actually want to watch.

Part One is below. Part Two can be found here.

4 responses

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  3. Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you present.

    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material.
    Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding
    your RSS feeds to my Google account.


    • Just noticed your comment in the WordPress spam folder, so I “unspammed it”. Thanks very much. I plan to soon do several more in this series, some of which will expand on topics covered briefly in this video–including 3 point lighting itself, lighting contrast in greater detail with demonstration, a full explanation of color temperature, lighting in the real world, etc. I think you can subscribe here somehow or another, but if not, if you subscribe to the YouTube channel (, you’ll be alerted to the new videos which I hope to start getting up within the next 3-4 weeks.


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