Next to an engaging and interesting story, lighting can make or break a film. For some filmmakers, the lighting process can be downright intimidating. For aspiring and experienced TV content producers who participated in CAPS-TV’s first ever lighting workshop in Ventura on Saturday, July 7, our cinematographer Jürgen Gottschalk demystified lighting and the lighting process, easing their fears and struggles with it.
Jürgen explained the goals of lighting, and once participants understood what they need to achieve with lighting, they could use a step-by-step and tremendously creative process to light their subjects. Using very little, easy to use lighting equipment, he introduced them to various classic portrait lighting setups, such at Rembrandt, Split, and Paramount, and techniques to create separation in the frame and avoid “the camera adds 10 pounds” dilemma. Participant Kristina Schlah, who volunteered to be the subject of the lighting setup demonstrations, said she wanted Paramount lighting, the classic Hollywood glamour lighting, to follow her wherever she went.
CAPS-TV is excited about collaborating on future workshops.