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This Week’s Video Tip: Lighting

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By Stephen Schweickart

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2011— Pre-planning a video involves lots of factors, but one that’s often overlooked is the lighting. And that’s especially important, as many camcorders struggle to produce a good picture under low light. A few common sense tips can help produce results you’ll be happy with.

First, when possible, shoot outdoors. Even on a cloudy day, natural light is a camcorder’s best friend. You’ll also discover that shooting in the morning or late afternoon, sometimes called the golden hour, will often enhance the appearance of your video.

If shooting indoors, provide as much light as possible. Open the curtains and blinds, turn on lamps and consider using a professional light kit. You may also want to disable the camera’s autofocus, because some cameras struggle to hone in on a single subject in low lighting. Be sure to experiment with your camera’s settings as well, including those designed to compensate for indoor or outdoor lighting. Also, remember that it’s usually not a good idea to point your camera directly at a light source. An automatic iris will immediately darken the picture, and shooting directly at the sun may damage your camera.

Stephen Schweickart is the co-founder of VScreen. For more information on this topic, visit VScreen’s blogsite at http://www.vscreen.com/blog/.

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