A practical, hands-on guide to lighting for video, this book explores how LEDs are changing the aesthetics of lighting and provides students with an indispensable guide to the everyday techniques required to produce professional-quality lighting in the age of LEDs and wireless control options.

The book focuses on first-hand application of technical knowledge, beginning with simple lighting setups and progressing to more complicated scenarios, and features accompanying diagrams, illustrations and case studies to demonstrate their real-world application. Key topics covered include basic three-point lighting, lighting moving actors, set lighting and exposure, instrument selection, bringing style to your lighting, color temperature and the Kelvin scale, exterior lighting, lighting categories and genres, green-screen techniques, money and budgeting, and electricity and electrical distribution. The book also provides guidance on career paths including what a grip does, case studies with photos and diagrams, and an extensive glossary of set terminology to introduce students to the language of filmmaking.

A must-have resource for film and media production students taking classes in lighting and/or cinematography.

chapter |2 pages


chapter Chapter One|3 pages

Why we light

chapter Chapter Two|18 pages

Lighting basics

chapter Chapter Three|11 pages

Grip equipment basics

chapter Chapter Four|11 pages


chapter Chapter Five|12 pages

Exposure and compression

chapter Chapter Six|16 pages

Color temperature, the Kelvin scale, and gels

chapter Chapter Seven|12 pages

Refining portrait lighting and cross keying

chapter Chapter Eight|8 pages

Planning for motion on set

chapter Chapter Nine|8 pages

Background lighting

chapter Chapter Ten|13 pages

Choice of lights: 3200K and Kino Flos

chapter Chapter Eleven|16 pages

LED lights

chapter Chapter Twelve|6 pages


chapter Chapter Thirteen|7 pages

DMX and controlling lights

chapter Chapter Fourteen|11 pages

Green and blue screen

chapter Chapter Fifteen|8 pages

Daytime exterior lighting

chapter Chapter Sixteen|6 pages

Nighttime exteriors

chapter Chapter Seventeen|14 pages

Types and genres of lighting

chapter Chapter Eighteen|12 pages

Advanced electrical

chapter Chapter Nineteen|4 pages


chapter Chapter Twenty|9 pages

Advanced gripping

chapter Chapter Twenty-One|9 pages

Introducing style to lighting

chapter Chapter Twenty-Two|4 pages

Set safety

chapter Chapter Twenty-Three|10 pages

Money vs. aesthetics

chapter Chapter Twenty-Four|9 pages


chapter Chapter Twenty-Five|57 pages

Case studies #1–5