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Jonathan ZieglerRe: Another boring "choose a basic camera!" thread.
by on Mar 15, 2012 at 8:52:39 pm

Well, I consider any situation to be "low light" where your light is less than ideal and/or you should use artificial light (for effect, highlight, art, etc) or otherwise provide additional light. I don't like cranking up the gain (gain or grain). I'm imposing my personal feelings on the matter here, too. You can get some great lighting without a lot of cash, though, too. I'm a big DIY fan and I've used some nice cheap alternatives to 500W+ studio lights to avoid the dreaded gain grain like clamp lights with hi-Watt CFLs, bounces, LEDs, flashlights, GE broad spectrum bulbs (little 100W tungsten bulbs are great for fill), and the list goes on. Even an on-camera light can work for what you describe (remember on-camera lights are for light assistance not light replacement).

That said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with available light as long as there's enough light available exactly where you want it at the settings you want or intend to use. ;)

And, since I'm on this subject: http://www.videomaker.com/learn/production/lighting/ - VideoMaker is a great resource for video learning and their Plus Membership is only $25 a year. You get loads of great stuff even without the paid membership, too. They have content geared towards the novice/amateur and the more experienced and/or professional guys, too. They have really embraced the online experience and seem to have a really good feel for the biz as it stands now.

Jonathan Ziegler
http://www.electrictiger.com/
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