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Camera & Lighting Techniques Series

DP & Lighting Designer Rick Siegel will share his knowledge in an exclusive workshop series: Camera & Lighting Techniques for the Real World. Through lectures, discussion and hands-on exercises, participants will learn camera and lighting setups for every situation, the essentials to be able to work on their own or with a director of photography.

The series will cover how to maximize the location, how to light an interviewee to best effect, the decision process behind using one or more cameras, and how to make the best choices on set that will positively affect the edit.

Each workshop in this series builds on the others, but also stands on its own.

Camera & Lighting Techniques 1 focuses on the single-camera interview.

Camera & Lighting Techniques 2 focuses on multi-camera shooting, lighting, and creative ways to tell your story.

Camera & Lighting Techniques 3 focuses on compositing.

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

  • How to create a personal style for single-camera technique
  • Lens selection that will always frame your creative ideas
  • The best creative camera placement on location
  • How to create lighting that sets mood, tone and design within your portrait composition
  • How to decode your images and the work of others

  • Techniques, tips and tricks for multi-cam shooting
  • How to use two or more cameras to tell your story
  • How to develop your own creative two-camera techniques
  • What to consider when you use two cameras and lenses
  • How to create lighting that sets mood, tone and design within your compositions
  • How camera placement and lens choice effect the audience’s perceptions

  • What is the matting process all about?
    • History of the traveling matte
  • Why use a composite image?
    • What do you want to show to the viewing audience?
    • Identifying the specific intent of the final image
  • Definition of the composite image
    • Determining how many picture elements or layers will be used for the desired effect
  • Camera, sensor and lens choice
    • Quiet image / noise
    • Recording CODEC (compression / decompression)
    • Lens choice and perspective
  • Lighting
    • Matching background image
    • Not matching background image
  • Applications to create the composite imagery on set and in post

Rick Siegel is an award-winning photographer and lighting designer who R.SIEGEL.DP_-150x150has worked in film and television for over twenty-five years. He has been the DP on several feature films including Bomber, which won Best Feature at several major film festivals. Rick won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Achievement  for Single Camera Photography) for his work on ABC’s Crash the Curiousaurus. He has also designed and photographed over a hundred televised music and comedy shows, including several seasons of A&E’s Live by Request and PBS’s In the Spotlight series with Steely Dan and Nora Jones. For more information, visit www.ricksiegel.net and view his interview work atRick’s FACES.