"How to Set up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights"
Interviews are the foundation of video and television production and are essential to almost every
type of program. For today’s high definition productions, the quality of interview lighting and the
overall “look” of the setup is more critical than ever. Regardless of your budget, what type of
camera you use, what kind of video you’re shooting, or how much time you have to set up, there’s
really no excuse for not consistently shooting great-looking interviews.
This ninety-minute instructional DVD from Vortex Media is presented by well-known instructor
Doug Jensen who teaches everything you need to know in order to set up, light, and shoot newsmagazine
style interviews using state-of-the-art LED lights.
According to Jensen, the lighting equipment choices available for professional TV/video
production have changed quite a bit in recent years -- and he shows why the latest LED lights
are now superior to both tungsten and fluorescent for lighting interviews.
As the DVD explains, LED lights are rapidly replacing other types of lights for interviews because
they offer so many benefits. A 100% LED light kit will allow professionals to work faster and more
efficiently, haul around less gear, save energy, create less waste for the environment, run all the
lights on batteries, and reduce heat on the talent to practically zero! And on top of all those
benefits, getting excellent results, that can look just as good, if not better than tungsten or
fluorescent, isn’t difficult. It’s not surprising that lighting great-looking interviews with 100%
daylight-balanced LED lights is becoming the preferred method for high-end shooters.
But shooting great-looking interviews requires more knowledge than just knowing which lights to
use. The actual lighting of an interview is only one piece of the puzzle. This unique instructional
DVD also covers how to choose a location, camera and talent placement, composition, depth-offield,
setting the exposure, creative white balance, and much more. Once you’ve made the
switch to LED, it will be impossible to imagine using tungsten lights for interviews ever again.
2: THE GOAL
3: THE STYLE
4: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
5: CREATING A CUSTOM LIGHT KIT
6: TYPES OF LIGHTING
7: THE LED REVOLUTION
8: LIGHT KIT RECOMMENDATIONS
9: CHOOSING THE BEST LOCATION
10: TALENT AND CAMERA PLACEMENT
11: THE BACKLIGHT
12: THE KEY LIGHT
13: THE FILL LIGHT
14: THE KICKER
15: THE BACKGROUND LIGHT
16: CREATIVE WHITE BALANCE
17: SETTING THE EXPOSURE
18: BALANCED COMPOSITION
19: MAKING THE TALENT LOOK GREAT
20: SHOOTING THE INTERVIEW