The Art of Video Production emphasizes the enduring principles and essential skills of the communication process and the new digital technologies that are necessary to create effective video content. Author Leonard C. Shyles uses a unique approach by explaining how things are done and why things are done rather than just that they are done—it is not about concepts versus skills, but about concepts and skills.

Lighting Equipment and Design
Lighting equipment and design

In recent years, advances in video technology have made it possible to produce cameras with greater sensitivity to light than were available in the past. As a result, the basic light levels cameras need for seeing have decreased. But this change does not mean that we can be less careful in planning lighting designs. What principles can guide us in designing a sensible light plot—that is, a precise plan showing the types, sizes, positions, and directions of all the lights that will be used? How can lighting enhance the purpose and meaning of a television program?

In addition to providing visibility, lighting enhances the illusion of depth of objects and performers. Lighting can also add meaning, visual beauty, mood, ...

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