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  • Ryan Vachon


The ways that you manage lighting in your shots are large contributors to how a scene impacts a viewer. The qualities of light recorded on your camera are the culmination of how much light bathes a scene, where it comes from, whether you import light to change the highlighted elements in a shot and how you manipulate your camera to account for natural light . Knowing how to work with these variables empower you to successfully film in less-than-ideal settings, and give you the means to adjust composition to evoke strong emotional tones. The first step in mastering great lighting is to understand how your camera works, namely how shutter speed , aperture and ISO interact with each other. This way you, have acquired the wisdom to adjust these settings and nudge your camera to capture optimal shots. Then it is valuable knowing what kind of lighting makes for the best shots and what steps will get you the desired effects. Let’s break down your choices from your simplest options to those that are more involved.

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  • Ryan Vachon
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  1. 1.Institute of Arctic and Alpine ResearchUniversity of Colorado, Boulder Earth InnitiativesBoulderUSA

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