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Setting up and Shooting Great-Looking Interviews with LED Lights


For today’s high definition productions, the quality of interview lighting is more critical than ever, but the actual “lighting” of an interview is just one of several elements that are required to transform a mediocre interview into a great one. You also need an understanding of white balance, exposure, camera and talent placement, composition, and much more.

This workshop has been created by well-known instructor Doug Jensen from Vortex Media to teach you the fundamentals of shooting excellent news-magazine style interviews — with an emphasis on utilizing the latest LED lighting technology. According to Doug, “The benefits of LED lights to a busy professional can’t be ignored. My custom interview light kit, which consists entirely of LED lights, allows me to work faster and more efficiently, haul around less gear, run my whole lighting setup completely on batteries, and it reduces the heat on the talent to zero.  Anyone who thinks they can’t get great results with LED lights needs to attend this workshop.”

Whether you work as a one-person production unit or with a small crew of one or two, this session will show you how to work more efficiently; take advantage of the benefits LED lights provide; and create network-quality interview setups.

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

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

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Schedule a custom group training for this workshop. We provide custom training at our offices or at your location.

Price: From: $180

  • Lighting fundamentals
  • White balance, exposure, camera and talent placement, composition
  • Benefits of LED lighting technology

This class is for anyone looking to improve their interview lighting skills, wanting to learn how to light quicker and more efficiently, or anyone who wants to learn how to get the most out of today’s LED lights.

Doug_Jensen2Doug Jensen has over 33 years of production and post-production experience and is the owner of Vortex Media. During his career, he has worked in many areas of the TV and video production industry, and his credits and clients include NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS, ESPN, Sundance Channel, and Warner Bros. As one of Sony’s Independent Certified Experts (I.C.E.), Doug teaches workshops around the US, along with several in-depth courses at Maine Media Workshops. Doug is also the creator, writer, and producer of the popular Magic Lantern DVD Guides instructional series and has produced hundreds of training videos for businesses and government agencies. For more information, visit dougjensen.com