While LED monitors are increasingly showing up in news studios large and small, in many cases replacing the green screen studios of old, make no mistake that virtual sets are advancing and, in tandem with augmented reality graphics, are changing the way stories are told on air.
Lets’ start by stating the obvious: TV reporters are not trained lighting designers. When the pandemic hit, stations were forced to figure out new ways of socially distanced, on-air reporting, and initially asked reporters to pick a well-lit room in their house and place a lamp behind the camera to illuminate their face.
If there is a departure point from science to art in video production, it’s the control and quality of light. Creative manipulation of light can generate stunning images from an iPhone, while poor lighting can cripple even the most expensive, state-of-the art cinema camera.
With the advent of tiny battery-operated LED lighting, an extraordinary collection of creative lighting tools have been miniaturized and can now be carried in a small shoulder bag by videographers. Here’s a look at how to use such a kit for small video crews.