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Izzy Video 171 – Dramatic Lighting

Izzy Video 171

How do you create dramatic lighting? And how do you light for video in a small room?

This video will answer these questions. In the tutorial, I show you the tools and techniques to create high-contrast, dramatic lighting. And the great thing about this technique is that it’s ideal for shooting in a small room.

If you need to shoot interview-style videos in a small room, you’ll likely find this tutorial helpful.

And the results can be visually awesome.

This video is available to members only.

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If you like this tutorial and want access to more than 160 other video tutorials like it, you should learn about an Izzy Video Membership.

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Why you shouldn’t buy new gear yet

If all you have is an old video camera that barely shoots a decent image, congratulations — that’s the perfect place to start!

Practice the fundamentals of image making with your current gear. If you have an old video camera, learn to use it well before spending money on an upgrade.

What can you do with your current gear? I think you might be surprised…

Learn how to compose an image.

Practice choosing wide shots, versus medium shots, versus close-ups.

Play with contrast in shadow versus light, and contrast in colors.

Learn to work with available light. Sure, you might benefit from additional tools eventually, but for now, use the available light and see what you can do with it.

If you have a fluid head tripod, learn to pan and tilt smoothly, keeping your subject in different parts of the frame.

If you don’t have a fluid head tripod, learn to handhold the camera properly to maximize the level of image you get from this method of support.

While editing, practice organizing the footage to tell a story in a way that holds a viewer’s interest.

Learn timing, and rhythm, and movement.

In short, become excellent with what you DO have, and then you’ll be ready to start investing in gear. Even if you have the money to spend now, wait.

When I hear about a new video shooter shopping for a high-end camera, it worries me. Chances are they already have a camera that they should be mastering first.

You don’t need new gear yet. You need skills and an eye.

Once you have those, then you can start looking at gear. Great gear definitely helps, but when it comes to video, acquire things in this order:

Skills first, then gear.

* Photo by El Mariachi 94
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Izzy Video 163 – My Favorite Camera Rig

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When I was at the NAB Show this year, I noticed that there were zillions of different rigs designed for shooting video with digital SLR cameras. I looked at everything I could and then fell in love with one particular rig. And, um, I bought it. :-)

This video will show you the rig, how it works, how it’s different, and why I like it so much.

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If you like this tutorial and want access to more than 150 other video tutorials like it, you should learn about an Izzy Video Membership.

P.S. I bought the rig from IDC Photo Video.

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Izzy Video 161 – Diffusion Panel Comparisons

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When it comes to controlling light outdoors, the main tools are reflectors, nets, and diffusion panels. How do you know what level of diffusion to use? First you have to know the effect of using different levels. This video tutorial will show you exactly what kind of effect you can get.

This is a members-only edition of Izzy Video.

You can download the trailer here.

If you’re new to Izzy Video, you should watch some of the free videos so you can see if it might make sense for you to become a member.