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How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights


Interviews are the foundation of video and television production, and are essential to almost every type of program. For today’s high definition productions, the quality of interview lighting and the overall “look” of the setup is more critical than ever. Regardless of your budget, what type of camera you use, what kind of video you’re shooting, or how much time you have to set up, there’s really no excuse for not consistently shooting great looking interviews.

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of shooting interviews, those skills can be carried over into any production environment, because the basic principles of good lighting are universal. But shooting great-looking interviews is not only about lighting — lighting is just one piece of the puzzle.

This 90-minute instructional video has been produced by well-known instructor Doug Jensen to teach anyone how to use camera placement, lighting, composition, depth-of-field, exposure, and white balance to create great-looking interviews with today’s state-of-the-art LED lighting instruments. Lighting interviews with 100% LED lighting is not only possible, it is rapidly becoming the preferred for choice for most high-end productions.

This video will show you what you need, what you do not need, and how to bring all the elements of shooting interviews together to achieve excellent results. Once you’ve made the switch to LEDs, it will be impossible to imagine ever using tungsten lights for interviews again.

This online workshops consists of 90-minutes of instructional content, which you can watch as much as you want for one month.

Price: $45.00 for 1 month

How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights is comprised of 20 lessons. Here is the complete list of what is covered in this course.

  • Introduction
  • The Goal
  • The Style
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Creating a Custom Light Kit
  • Types of Lighting
  • The LED Revolution
  • Light Kit Recommendations
  • Choosing the Best Location
  • Talent and Camera Placement
  • The Backlight
  • The Key Light
  • The Fill Light
  • The Kicker
  • The Background Light
  • Creative White Balance
  • Setting the Exposure
  • Balanced Composition
  • Making the Talent Look Great
  • Shooting the Interview

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn the art of shooting an interview, or for those interested in improving their skills.

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

Workshop Details:


90 minutes of content


21 Video Streams. iOS and Android Compatible.


Access to the class website for 1 months.

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