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Adventures in Lighting: Fixture Types 101, Part I—Through the Eye of the Fresnel

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 I—Through the Eye of the Fresnel The sea of lighting hardware can be con - fusing water to navigate. There are so many different options, so many different types of fixtures, qualities...

Adventures in Lighting: Light Sources 101, Part I—Tungsten

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 I—Tungsten With a wide variety of illumination sources available to cinemat ographers these days, this sub-series of Adventures in Lighting will break down and explain the different kinds...

Adventures in Lighting, Part I—Beauty 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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... Adventures in Lighting, Part I—Beauty Lighting This month we’re going to take a look at some previous shoots of mine and discuss how each was lit and why. In most of these, I concentrated on incorporating “alternative” lighting sources...

More Adventures in Lighting: When Daylight Fades

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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... More Adventures in Lighting: When Daylight Fades While I was working with the Canon EOS 7D for my review, I was looking for a practical test to put the camera through and I tapped my friend, director Jamie Neese, to come up with a short...

Adventures in Lighting, Part IV—Eternal Flame

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 IV—Eternal Flame A shot of model Becka Adams lit purely by the road flare she’s holding. Stanley Kubrick, the famous introverted filmmaker, wanted to shoot his baroque-style drama, Barry Lyndon...

White Balance On-the-Fly

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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... White Balance On-the-Fly On a tangential topic for television lighting, this month’s column will discuss color temperature—not just the basics of “tungsten” and “daylight,” but how we dealt with rapidly varying color temperatures while...

Keeping the Lights On: Basic Electrical Management

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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... Keeping the Lights On: Basic Electrical Management Whenever you’re using equipment in a practical location, there is always a concern about power consumption. Especially with today’s technology and sensitive computer equipment, one blown...

The Composition of Sunlight

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 Composition of Sunlight I was recently invited to give a guest lecture on narrative lighting for the Bay Area Professional Videographer’s Association in San Jose, California. During the discussion a member brought up the question...

Dancing in the Dark: Shooting Under UV Light

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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... Dancing in the Dark: Shooting Under UV Light Bending over backwards to get the shot, model/actress Grace DeSilva in UV makeup. Photo by Maria Angelopoulou. The past couple of months I wrote about the problems of infrared radiation when...

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...