Useful Lighting Techniques for Today's Video Assignment

Course Overview

Useful Lighting Techniques for Today's Video Assignment
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
About a hour

About Seminar Snapshots

A Seminar Snapshot features video highlights that capture the key learning of a seminar presentation.

Improve the lighting in your videos and the techniques you use to achieve the best possible lighting. This Seminar Snapshot will teach you how to size up a scene and scenario to determine which lights and equipment to use. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, how to create good light without setting up a light and other tricks that will save you time.

This replay is from The Poynter Institute and the National Press Photographers Foundation's day-long event, Video Storytelling with the Pros, that was held on Oct. 15, 2011. It is one of four Seminar Snapshots available from the event. If you'd like to buy all four Seminar Snapshots, check out our Training Package.

What Will I Learn:
  • When to use high-profile lighting
  • How to prepare good lighting with fewer crew members
  • Web lighting techniques: good and bad
  • Basic three-point lighting with alternative setups
  • Making one light look good
  • Helpful equipment and accessories
Who should take this course:

Photojournalists looking to improve their lighting technique.


Adam Vance

Adam Vance is a special projects photojournalist/editor and satellite truck operator at Tampa Bay's 10 News/WTSP.COM. He has had the opportunity to bring Tampa Bay viewers multiple shuttle launches and Super Bowls, as well as World Series coverage, Stanley Cup championships, BCS victories and countless hurricanes. With nine years' experience at 10 News, he has figured out this business — it is not only about storytelling, it is about people.

Training Partner:

National Press Photographers Foundation

The National Press Photographers Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization, is charged with advancing press photography through education and awarding scholarships and fellowships to deserving individuals who have demonstrated ability or promise in the field of photojournalism.