Brian Abe

Two Roads Video captures all kinds of multi-camera HD productions with live streaming and customized media portals. One of the common areas for improvement is lighting the talent and specifically using back light. Typically the lighting is done by an A/V/L company. (Audio/Video/Lighting) In addition to providing all the microphones, sound reinforcement and video screens. They are well-versed at aiming the base light at the stage, however unless asked they don’t always use back light or light from the rear. Just the right amount of back light can separate the foreground from the background and visually set the speaker out in front from a “dark curtain.” Back light is fundamental and needs to be considered in every shot. If you hire an AV company who is also providing the lighting ask them to include enough back light to cover each position individually. With today’s LED lighting the flexibility is wonderful. You can adjust the color temperature and brightness. That’s important when the presenters are not all tall, dark and young. Speakers with gray hair and no hair need less back light than those with dark hair. Just one more thought. . . if you’re using any kind of subtle colored backlight in the lightning plan be sure to turn off all the colored lighting before you white balance the cameras. Something to consider as you continue to improve your game. I can count on one hand the number of LD’s I’ve worked with in my lifetime who actually understand and can execute great television and video lighting. Combine those skill sets, with single camera, film-style and warm color temperatures! You get really nice looking video! You’ll know it when you see it.

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Brian Abe
Brian Abe

Brian Abe is an award-winning visual story teller, producer, multi-camera director, editor and leader of creative teams.

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