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It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Estimating Green Screen Lighting

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Estimating Green Screen Lighting I received an email question the other day about lighting a green screen and I thought it might be of use for me to share my response and thoughts here. The question seemed...

Art of Darkness: No Light Lighting

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Art of Darkness: No Light Lighting If we were to listen to the hype from some camera manufacturers, lighting isn’t necessary anymore and cameras can shoot in total darkness! Although that certainly isn’t the case, today’s digital cameras...

The Perfect Travel Companion: Lighting Kits

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... The Perfect Travel Companion: Lighting Kits Just about every other month, and especially when I do lectures and workshops, I get asked about the “perfect” lighting kit. Invariably someone will send me a link to something they found online...

Light Reading: Learning to Create and Control Lens Flare

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Light Reading: Learning to Create and Control Lens Flare Back when I was a wee lad and an electrician working in films, a cinematographer once looked at me and said, “Do you know the difference between an accidental flare...

Illuminating Workout: Lighting an Exercise Video Series

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Illuminating Workout: Lighting an Exercise Video Series This past weekend I was called into action by my producing partner, Ryan Harper, who, along with his wife, Barbara, are venturing into a new endeavor to create a website filled...

Adventures in Lighting: Light Sources 101, Part IV—LEDs

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Adventures in Lighting: Light Sources 101, Part IV—LEDs One of the woes of location shooting, especially on small productions when you can’t afford a generator or a qualified electrician to tap into existing power, is being limited...

Adventures in Lighting: Fixture Types 101, Part III—The PAR

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Adventures in Lighting: Fixture Types 101, Part III—The PAR The next in line in our examination of light - ing fixtures is the PAR—which is an acronym for parabolic aluminum reflector. The classic PAR is a reflector and lamp all-in-one,...

Adventures in Lighting, Part III—Unwanted Reflections

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Adventures in Lighting, Part III—Unwanted Reflections I was giving a reprisal of my “Lighting from Home Depot” lecture, on which I based my book A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, last...

Color Temperature

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... Color Temperature Our world is filled with color—deep reds, cool blues, vibrant yellows—all of which we see because the light from the sun contains all of the colors of the rainbow and the individual objects in our world reflect certain...

The Magic of Mireds: To Gel or Not to Gel, That is the Question!

Jay Holben

Jay Holben spent more than a decade working as a director of photography. As a technical journalist, Holben has been a lead contributing writer for American Cinematographer magazine for nearly two decades. For seven years, he served as technical editor for Digital Video magazine, he is the current lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine, and has been a contributor to Videography and The Hollywood Reporter. As the author of the highly-lauded independent lighting manual: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, Holben was been able to bring his on-set experiences to new filmmakers. In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he holds a faculty position at the Global Cinematography Institute. With Behind the Lens, Holben strives to influence and inform today’s entrenched production technicians with regaling stories from the front-lines. He is currently an independent producer and director living in Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Behind the Lens : Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches

Focal Press, 2016

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... The Magic of Mireds: To Gel or not to Gel, That is the Question! In several of the previous articles I’ve talked about color correction filters for lighting. Especially when dealing with combinations of daylight and tungsten sources, I...