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Lighting Tips and Tricks for Better Pictures and Video

About This Course

There is a quantum leap between good lighting and great lighting.

Whether you're lighting video or still shots in the field, there are some simple things you can do to improve your work and do justice to your subjects.

This Webinar shows some very easy tricks to make your lighting for photos and videos great. You will learn to think differently about lighting for video, whether indoors or out. For example, in building better lighting, shade and darkness can be your friends.

You don't need to lug around heavy lighting equipment to use these techniques, and you don't have to be a photo wizard to understand three-point lighting. The skills and tricks you learn during this session will help you improve your work right away.

What Will I Learn?

  • Quick, easy and beautiful: three-point lighting
  • Have a seat: where to sit, what to wear, and the marvel of mattify
  • The great outdoors doesn't have to be harsh

Who Should Take this Course?

Multimedia journalists, reporters, photographers, video journalists, students, teachers, freelancers and bloggers who want to learn simple ways to improve video and photo lighting.

Course Instructor

Les Rose

Les Rose

Les Rose is a Staff Network News photojournalist in a Los Angeles bureau. Prior to joining the L.A. bureau in 1997, Les worked 13 years at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and from 1984-1986 he was with NBC News, Miami as a freelancer. He has also shot for WFLA (Tampa), KTVI (St. Louis) and WTSP (St. Petersburg).

His assignments are for The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (and Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer and Katie Couric as well), CBS Sunday Morning, Sixty Minutes 2, 48 Hours, and CBS This Morning.For almost seven years he was the photojournalist for the “Everybody Has a Story” series with Steve Hartman, and together they produced more than 125 stories…all at the whim of a dart and a random pick from the phonebook. Honest! Then they had a year with 60 Minutes 2, and several years with the “Assignment America” series whenever Steve was west of the Rockies. Currently, Les works with Steve on the On The Road with Steve Hartman series whenever geographically feasible.

Les’ awards include a Murrow and a DuPont with Steve Hartman and nine local Emmys. Major stories that Les has been involved with include Sept. 11, 2001, in Shankesville, Pa., and then New York, the Cerritos Air disaster, the Civil Wars of Nicaragua and El Salvador for NBC News, the Northridge Earthquake, the Nagano Olympics, a hostage release in Wiesbaden, West Germany, the Malibu Fires, political conventions, multiple hurricanes, Oscars, Emmys, major sports events and countless celebrity interviews (and trials), including O.J. Simpson.

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