Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delighting with Three Point Lighting!

Three point lighting is a production set up used commonly in photography, videography and cinematography. It's important for students interested in these areas to understand the importance of this concept and how to make it happen using three studio or field lights.

I had my TV production and editing students go into our studio and properly execute and photograph three point lighting.

In this photo, Isaiah Hughes (seated left) is being interviewed by Shay Bowman. Wymark Barton is operating the video camera.

The three lights are called the following: key light, side/fill light, and back/hair light.



Key light (right light): this is the primary light positioned over the interviewer's shoulder (Isaiah Hughes) used to illuminate the guest's face (Stephen Mason)

Fill/Side light (center): fills in the shadows created by the key light so the light is even across the guest's face

Back/hair light (left): illuminates the space behind the guest's head so he/she stands out from the background


Here's how three point lighting is defined on Wikipedia: "By using three separate positions, the photographer can illuminate the shot's subject (such as a person) however desired, while also controlling (or eliminating entirely) the shading and shadows produced by direct lighting."

Jalen Ryant, in the photo at the right, is the guest. Marshall Padgett is the interviewer and Wymark Barton is on the right.




I also had the students take this photograph, which offers a neat perspective on the video interview scenario.
















The three point lighting end result is an appealing and pleasant close up shot of Isaiah's face.

















Time for Naheka Sumpter's closeup!

















Wymark Barton's time to shine!


















For a video tutorial on the three point lighting concept and set up, click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chestnut Street Pedestrian Bridge Update- Fall 2016

Construction is moving along on- or we should say above- Chestnut Street by the SC State campus.

Some 1,100 students live in the University Village and Campus Corner apartments across Chestnut Street, meaning many of them daily have to walk across the busy highway to get to school. In 2014, SC State students held a rally to call for the over the road span, which has been the scene of at least one injury and many close calls.

The bridge has long been advocated by the SC State community because of the potential hazards students face crossing the high-speed highway.

Here's a video update report I produced:



The bridge should soon be open. Months ago, March was the predicted completion month. It appears today that only final touches need to be done, including placing the SC State logo on the bridge. This rendering shows how the finished project will look. And it sure looks good, right?!