The Chiaroscuro Techniques

  The Chiaroscuro (Light and Dark) lighting technique was created by Renaissance artists in the 14th-15th centuries. Today is one of the most widely used lighting techniques in film and high end photography, although many have no clue that they are even using a 700 years old style of lighting. Often difficult and complicated to use, Nino has developed a system to make it easy to understand, easy to use with amazing results.












The fundamental of interview lighting

The Fundamental of lighting,  what each light does and why. 

How different types of lights can change the look of your interview/portrait and determine the mood.

Challenging subjects, how to make everyone look good, regardless.


Mixed lighting interviews/portraits


Quick set-ups, how to get the best quality in the shortest time. 


Multi cameras interviews.




and much more.



The Lighting Instruments

There are dozens of different types of lights available on the markets today. There  are distinctive difference on what each light can and cannot do. At the Lighting workshop attendees will be able to see and test just about every light and accessories that its available today, most professional dealers don't even carry the selection that Nino has put together in order to demonstrate what each light can do. These lights are the lights that Nino uses on his assignments.


Color temperatures, filters and gels



Large set-ups.

Few years ago Nino found the need for creating more than just a conventional set. Most budget today are not big enough to hire a large crew and a grip truck but the need for that style of quality is still there. It was in his best interest to come up with something in between. The solution was extensive lighting, grips and a lots of imagination, creativity and know how. GRUDEN'S QB CAMP

In January 2009 the producer for Monday Night football asked if I was interested in being the Director of Photography on this news show idea. Having worked with Jon Gruden for a number of years I was glad to do it but had no idea of the challenges that were waiting for me.

The show had to be done in Gruden's hidden place. One would expect a top sport personality like Jon Gruden to be working out of some luxurious office/studio space, but not coach Gruden. His office is a small place in the back of an old professional building a few blocks from his home. Inside there are some VCRs, a large monitor and a dozen of bookcases filled with thousands of video tapes of different formats of  pro football games dating back two decades and more. Every morning from 4:00 am to noon coach Gruden sits in the dark room reviewing plays and techniques of some of the best in the game.

The show was an experiment, nothing like this "on location series"  was done before. All these types of set ups are usually done in fancy and well equipped studio at ESPN in Bristol, CT. But coach Gruden wanted to do the show right where he worked.

The ESPN "Gruden's QB Camp" series that takes place between Superbowl and the NFL Draft has become one of the most successful show on ESPN. For us however the show has been a constant challenge.

I also decided to give it a better look by replacing the LED lights with Kino Flo fluorescents. For the set we now use two Kino Vista single, four BarFly 200 and one Kino 4x4. This in addition to 4 150W fresnels.

All Kinos have honeycomb grids to prevent spills and allow better to better direct each light.



This is an iPhone jpeg of what the room looked like before we started converting it into a temporary studio.


This is what it looked like after we finished setting it up.

Cam 1

Cam 2

Cam 3

Cam 4 was mounted on the grid for an occasional alternate view.

Multi-Cameras Interviews

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard


All the equipment you see above fit inside this van.  Mobility and reasonable speed of setting up is an important part of today productions.




Creating and lighting backgrounds

  Having the knowledge of creating good camerawork and good lighting is important in this profession. A client who hire us expect that from us. However, the most important skill in this business is the ability of problem solving.

There are always problems in 90% of assignments, and I don’t mean something breaking down. Things don’t always go as planned or as we were hoping they would. There are always unforeseen and unexpected obstacles in most jobs that would cause the shoot to go behind schedule and add to the costs. It’s out ability to quickly resolve these problem that make us a valuable assets to our clients, and when we are valuable the client keeps calling us back.

It's always a delight to walk into a place and find a very attractive decor ideal for interviews, the reality is that only one in ten assignments we find a place suitable for quality interviews. Anyone can create good interviews given ideal conditions, but what creates repeat business and makes clients come back is the photographer's problem solving skills, the ability to create something out of nothing.

Interviews are an important integral part of most programs. The content of most assignments often hinge around interviews. Interviews are also a reference to measure the quality of the program against other programs. It is something that viewers see everyday and just like a good or bad portrait even an untrained person can tell the difference between a good or bad set-up in an interview.



Using props




Different types of commercially available backgrounds




Lighting backgrounds

Using projected patterns and slides