If you're looking to create videos and short films/skits (for Youtube or just your school), don't shy away from buying a tripod with your dedicated camera. Keeping your camcorder stable makes a world of difference in the feel of your video. Plus, getting some lighting equipment can illuminate your subjects in dramatic ways that the sun, moon, or room light simply can't. A good microphone and audio equipment can make your dialogue sound more clear than the camera's built-in mic is capable of.
Chris is back with part two on light and color and he says that we can learn from the movies we watch by studying them for the impact of light. Where is the cinematic lighting coming from to convey an emotional impact? Give that some thought. With that in mind, you can start looking around to see the direction and size of the light source and how you can use it to your advantage.
JJ has the Philips Hue lighting system and his lights turned on in the middle of the night. He's discovered that his landlord shares the same breaker with him and after the power had been cut and restored, the lights came on. Is this common? Leo says that the Philips Hue system is really cool, but it can get reset when the power goes out or if there's some sort of change on the breaker. There's no real way out of it short of convincing Philips to change it.
Chris is back with part two of his series on shooting portraits and today he's got some tips for lighting the portrait. It's not enough to point a light at someone. Often that does even worse because it washes out the subject. Direction is important and you can play with it. Take a desk lamp and walk around your subject and see how the light changes. Place it above and below, but never straight at the subject. The best light source is also free -- windows. Natural daylight is one of the best light sources for a portrait.
Chris has been playing with light as of late. One problem he's noticed while teaching photography is that light is a challenge for beginners. LED lights have changed the way we approach light in our photography, though. Leo says that the great thing about LEDs is that they don't burn out and they don't get very hot. Chris says that LEDs are also a lot cheaper now and the performance is increased. They're low power as well. Aputure LEDs are affordable and they can be moved.