tips & tricks

Sunshine Rain

From: Adam Tischler Not a trick but a nice lighting technique I just picked up. When indoors use daylight for your keylight. Backlight with an umbrella pointing down on the subject using 3200 light. The result is nice, even, reddish light cascading down the subjects head and shoulders. No problems with harsh backlight. It works even better with a cheapo dimmer (any hardware store) on the backlight. COMMENT: "Sunshine Rain"…

Pyschodelic, Man!

From: Adam Tischler, New England Cable News When shooting stills click your 2x extender half way. This gives you a nice in camera 50/50 disolve. Furthermore, you can combine this with a pan, the two ‘layers’ will travel through the frame at different speeds. Its a nice effect that takes little time or effort. This works best when shooting print.

From: b-roll.net FORUM I’ve been having some problems recently – shot three interviews in the last week which have been orange. I white balanced before each interview – got the subject to hold up a white card in front of their face. All interviews were outdoors, shot with the sun behind the subject (backlight etc). My Sony 537 doesn’t give a colour temperature reading. Any suggestions would be appreciated, as…

Smoke and Mirrors

From Michael Orta Here is a shooting trick I developed using mirrors. Whenever you want the audience to feel the action coming at them (for example: a train, automobile, water, or whatever) you can purchase 5X8 mirrors and place them where the action is coming right at the mirror as you shoot in the mirror having the audience fooled as if the action is coming right at your lens. I…

It’s Getting HOT in Here!

I’m interested in the tricks you all use to warm up the image for interviews? I’ve tried a bastard amber gel on the 3200k light. It made the face almost too "warm" or orange. I’ve also heard about using a 1/4 CTB to white balance through. Does this work? I’ll take any tips and suggestions you have for creating a "warm and soft" image. Dave R. Try using a 1/2…

A Little Off the Top

From: Jeff Bush Asst. Chief Photojournalist, KTNV Make every interview look like you brought out one of the lights in your kit. Time can be a factor sometimes in our job and we need use a Frezzi instead. I’ve mounted my Frezzi on a light stand. Now, I have good lighting wherever I go. No more of that crappy, flat lighting that you can only get by mounting a light…

TIP | Moons Over My Hammy

From: Kevin Johnson, WVEC, Norfolk, VA During hurricane coverage in North Carolina, we piggy backed live shots with a station in Raleigh. Their photog set up the shot with some creative touches. First, we put ourselves in a gazebo. This may sound like we were trying to wimp out in the rain, but with 40-50 mph winds, the rain goes horizontal. What this allowed was better stability for our lights….