Lighting Techniques

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This 6-hour workshop is designed for introductory level media artists and filmmakers who would like to explore using lighting techniques in their independent video projects. It is also open to members of the public wishing to gain basic skills in video production.

This workshop teaches the basics of lighting through hands-on training. Participants will be introduced to common terminology and definitions, and become familiar with the lighting equipment that SAW Video has in its collection, such as KinoFlo fluorescent lights, Arri tungsten fresnel and open face lights, Aputure and LEDGo LED panel lights, Fresnel lights, as well as flags, various kinds of diffusion and gels, and other lighting equipment and accessories.  Participants will also watch short videos and excerpts from films as examples of different types of lighting. 

Participants will be introduced to common lighting techniques such as three-point lighting, side Lighting, back lighting, as well as concepts such as lighting quality: hard light vs. soft light, colour, intensity, high key/low key lighting. The workshop will provide opportunities for hands-on instruction, with lighting exercises simulating varying conditions and situations.  This workshop will also include the use of an HD Camera and an external monitor to view the results of lighting scenarios. 


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SAW Video, Workshop Room
Workshop Dates
Tuesday February 25 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday February 26 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
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My name is Aia Raafat, I'm a filmmaker, a movie editor and a graphic designer. I did my master’s in Communications and Media Studies at Ottawa University with a focus on analyzing video content on social media platforms. I am a certified user for Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects, Adobe Photoshop and Apple FinalcutX.

I worked in post-production for several years and I also led different video production roles by being a part of the creative team at the UNISDR 3rd world conference on DRR - Daytime Ottawa crew at RogerTV cable 22 - DW broadcasting channel in Bonn, Germany - Uottawa Online Hybrid courses project.


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Lighting Techniques (February 25-26, 2020)

The Non-Member option includes a $35 Basic Membership* [more info]