As leaders in the professional equipment rental market, Procam Take 2 recognises the vital role that technical know-how plays in the creation of compelling visual content. Our mission is to equip aspiring and experienced filmmakers with the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Screenskills in bringing you an in-depth training video, ‘Lighting for All Skin Tones’, hosted by BAFTA-winning Director of Photography Chas Appeti and our very own Saul Gittens, Procam Take 2’s Head of Training and Development.
In today’s diverse film and television landscape, understanding how to light for all skin tones is essential. That’s why Screenskills has collaborated with BAFTA-winning DOP Chas Appeti and our seasoned DOP Saul Gittens, who has a passion for nurturing upcoming talents in cinematography. Together, they combine their extensive experience and insights to deliver a hands-on tutorial on how to effectively light for different skin tones, both individually and within the same frame.
The training video showcases five different scene setups to offer a broad understanding of the lighting requirements for varying environments. These include:
- A four-walled studio for interiors
- A studio for a stylised look
- A location interior
- A location exterior
- A car interior and exterior
In each scene, Chas and Saul discuss the lights and lighting accessories used to illuminate the actors, providing practical insight into creating a harmonious visual narrative. They are joined by renowned hair and make-up designer Lola Maja-Okojevoh, demonstrating her make-up techniques for each actor and scene, reinforcing the symbiotic relationship between lighting and make-up.
Saul Gittens commented, ‘Working alongside Chas on this important subject was a real pleasure. Lighting different skin tones can be tricky, but in this unique film, we go some way to provide valuable insights for both aspiring technicians and seasoned professionals. As DOPs, we’re always learning, and I certainly came away with a few new practices and ideas.”
Our collaboration with Screenskills, Chas Appeti, Saul Gittens, and Lola Maja-Okojevoh, affirms our commitment to fostering inclusivity and authenticity in the film and television industry. ‘Lighting for All Skin Tones’ is more than just a tutorial; it’s a step towards a more fair and accurate representation, ensuring every skin tone is showcased in the best light.
Embrace the chance to broaden your technical skills and understanding. Check out the ‘Lighting for all Skin Tones’ training video below and let it inspire you to create more inclusive, authentic visual narratives.