Lighting
Forward Thinker
If broadcasting is viewed by the general public as an old technology, Sam doesn’t see it that way and he emphasizes that publicizing broadcasting’s strengths is also one of his responsibilities.
C-SPAN Pay Wall Spotlights Multiplatform Challenge
It’s All Just ‘Television,’ Or Is It?
What Tom Said: Hatching the UHD Egg
Ready for YouTube’s Networks
CableCARD: Acknowledge the Inevitable
McAdams On: Ferguson Unraveling
A Look Back at Broadcast Engineering Magazine
McAdams On: Comcast’s Growing Pains
Rounds’ Social TV Relies on Online Streams
True Dedication
Transitioning Broadcast Automation
Recording Pretty Pictures From Above
McAdams On: LPTVs
McAdams On: Aereo’s Hail Mary
FCC Intentions Are Out of Balance
 
Sep 17, 2014 / 03:00 PM
LED Is Coming of Age
One of the woes of location shooting, especially on small productions when you can’t afford a generator or a qualified electrician to tap into existing power, is being limited to wall-socket power in the 15-amp or, at most, 20-amp variety.
Aug 15, 2014 / 11:40 AM
The Parabolic Aluminum Reflector
The next in line on our examination of lighting fixtures is the PAR, which is an acronym for Parabolic Aluminum Reflector.
Jun 11, 2014 / 09:49 PM
Tungsten v. Incandescent
This month, let’s take a deeper look at one of the most ubiquitous forms of illumination in our world: tungsten or incandescent bulbs.
May 05, 2014 / 05:00 AM
Using a Light Meter to Maintain Atmosphere
I wanted to share a technique I developed over the years utilizing a reflected light meter to maintain a consistency of fog or atmosphere in a location over time.
Apr 25, 2014 / 12:12 PM
Seeing Through the Eye of the Fresnel
The world of lighting hardware can be confusing waters to navigate.
Apr 15, 2014 / 06:00PM
The Composition Of Sunlight
I was recently invited to give a guest lecture on narrative lighting for the Bay Area Professional Videographer’s Association in San Jose, Calif.
Mar 05, 2014 / 06:00 AM
The Magic of HMIs
An HMI’s lamp cycles on and off up to 120 times per second. An incandescent lamp’s filaments do not cool down enough between this cycling, so this potential flickering is not a problem.
Feb 10, 2014 / 10:00 AM
Incident or Reflected: Using a Light Meter
In the days of old, back when television was solely recorded on a thing called “film,” the cinematographer was known as a kind of fortune-teller/ magician who could mysteriously read the light in the air and know exactly how the image would end up on the screen.
Jan 14, 2014 / 02:51 PM
The Art of the Mired Measurement
In a recent lecture on lighting, I had a student ask me about mireds and I saw the blank and quizzical faces of his fellow students at the mere mention of the word.
Dec 11, 2013 / 02:00 PM
Maintaining Proper Color Temperature While On the Go
On a tangential topic for television lighting, this month I wanted to talk about color temperature— not just the basics of “tungsten” and “daylight”—but how we dealt with rapidly varying color temperatures while shooting a reality show.
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