Ah yes, the world of lighting. It is one that I in particular would like to get to know better. A lot of these readings don’t deviate too much from what EMF 225 taught me, such as the DSLR Lighting Techniques video on Vimeo, and the rundown of the three point lighting method. Lighting for interviews is something that I have nailed, so I found the first three readings to be a bit dull, since that’s what they used as a template to teach the methods. PhillipBloom’s rundown of the different lights was interesting, but I wish they had used them to show how different scenes can look.
One of the reasons why I’ve been so demanding in these readings is because I have a vision for a film noir video that I’d like to do someday. Lighting in a black and white film is paramount, so I’d like to see some things that talk about how to fill a whole room, and how to light a scene that takes place outside and at night. These are specific things, but it’s not like the readings didn’t help me get a firmer grasp on it. Three point lighting can go a very long way, and in most cases that’s all I’ll need to do for many of these scenes I have in mind.
And that’s why the last Phillip Bloom video was absolutely perfect and the most important video to me. Improvising, utilizing available sources of light, and seeing what they can do are what stir up the ideas in me. Using a 60D, I may not be able to get the same results, but it makes me a little more fearless when facing how to utilize light.