The importance of lighting

One aspect that many videographers ignore many times, is lighting. Lighting and sound is more important than being able to “record in 24p” during the quest for that movie look. Look at the video here. This video is a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of a music video clip. An expensive film camera was used to shoot the actual music video. But a Panasonic HD digital camera (presumably the HVX-200) was used to shoot the behind the scenes documentary video. Check the shots where the Panasonic camera shoots the “documentary” part, and the shots that the same camera is pointing to the singer at the time of the actual music video shooting. Notice the difference in lighting, as when shooting is taking place, there are some big reflectors set there by the crew. Notice how more of the “movie look” you get at these specific scenes, than the normal documentary scenes, which looks like normal video. And yet, it’s the same camera. It’s all about lighting.


Jacob Munoz wrote on March 5th, 2008 at 10:22 AM PST:

This is probably why so many Latin American ‘Telenovelas’ look so bad – their camera’s are probably the same as those used in better productions, but they usually look oversaturated and dim. And the sound – whoo, echoes and bad microphone placement really ruins any show…

Ivan wrote on March 5th, 2008 at 11:56 PM PST:

If you look at the sky, there is clearly a difference in the bleu hue. This cannot be due to the reflectors, so my guess something else is happening (perhaps a filter?).

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Eugenia wrote on March 6th, 2008 at 1:29 AM PST:

I don’t think so. It’s just the same camera/lens, possibly same settings too. Maybe it’s just the time, and where the sun is located in regards to the camera.

donnie wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 10:13 AM PST:

Thanks for linking to the video that we shot.

We were “flys on a wall”. We shot the behind the scenes for the experience of shooting behind the scenes, We did not charge for the shoot.
Our main goal was to stay out of the way of the film crew. Kristen Barlowe’s Taillight TV team was like a well oiled machine. They moved so quickly and effortlessly. It was nice to see such a fun shoot not messed up by uptight directors, producers etc. The final product shows how much fun the shoot was. I have been fortunate to work with many top directors and Kristen’s attitude, knowledge and super fun style is right up there with the best.

You are sooo right about the lighting. It is the difference. The DP and director from Taillight tv did a terrific job.

We shot all of the behind the scenes over about 7 hours. Most of the footage was shot on our new Panasonic P2 HPX 500. We also shot a lot of footage on a small Cannon HD camera. We came back and cut the video the next day as well as put all of the behind the scenes footage on a hard drive for the record label. We rushed the edit to see if we could do a good job while getting it back to the label for promotions quickly. We have not received very much feedback. I assume they are extremely busy with their next project or maybe they simply did not like what we did.
I am very pleased with it and think that the behind the scenes for this video works extremeley well. It allows the fans to get a glimpse into Joe’s and Kristen’s world. It was especially nice to see Joe and his wife together playing to the camera.

Thanks again for directing people to the behind the scenes video.

Donnie Vick
Its our first behind the scenes shoot.

donnie wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 10:19 AM PST:

The top clip was shot hand held with the small cannon. it was a moment that was captured just by chance.

The bottom video was shot on the Panasonic HD p2 500 set up on sticks etc.

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Eugenia wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 1:42 PM PST:

Thanks for the info Donnie. Which canon did you use btw? Was it the HV20?

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