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‘We Are not Trouble Makers’

first_imgNimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) has strongly defended the reported war records of Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties. The Nimba Senator denied that the two counties brought troubles to Liberia.According to Senator Johnson, residents of the two counties are not the ones obstructing efforts aimed at bringing lasting peace and genuine reconciliation to the country.Senator Johnson made the statement Monday, May 19, at the launch of a Peace and Reconciliation Meeting held in Monrovia under the auspices of Liberia’s Peace Ambassador George Oppong Weah. The Monday’s gathering brought together several high profile individuals including members of the diplomatic community.Senator Johnson—who headed one of the country’s warring factions during years of civil crisis, said the problem to lasting peace in the country has to do with bringing onboard individuals, who financed the war, instead of gathering only those they perceived as the ‘fighting men and women.’“To achieve the peace objectives, I have advised the stakeholders to this meeting, to invite those who brought into the country all kinds of weapons and divided them among the fighters.”Sen. Johnson believes that peace and reconciliation among Liberians should not be tied only to the peoples of Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties, “but those who purchased the big, big guns and gave them to prosecute the war.”He then suggested that those driving the peace initiative should be people of character that facilitated the decade-long conflict, “but not the government and partners, who are creating the impression that Nimbaians and Grand Gedeans are still on the battlefield.”“At the moment, there are more sons and daughters of Nimba County residing in all parts of Grand Gedeh making babies, and vice-versa,” Johnson asserted to round of applause and laughter.The Nimba lawmaker maintained that those who facilitated the war to avail themselves, should ask for God’s forgiveness, which he believes would be the only recipe for lasting peace in the country.He then called on those living with the belief that it was Nimba and Grand Gedeh that brought the war to desist shifting the blame, “because those playing the blame-game were the major facilitators to the civil crisis the plagued the country.”The former leader of the disbanded rebel group, Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) did not only call for the coming on board the peace process of the ‘war facilitators’ but proposed to those peace actors to convene a National Peace Conference that would bring all peace-loving Liberians and their international partners to ask for divine intervention into the process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vettel blames Hamilton, but experts blame the German

first_imgThe collision resulted in Vettel spinning his Ferrari and damaging the front wing while Hamilton’s car survived undamaged and he went on to win the race and increase his championship lead to 30 points.“Lewis saw a little bit around the outside, but he didn’t leave me any space,” said Vettel. “I had no other chance, but to run into him and make contact.“It is a bit ironic that it was that way. I tried to pass Kimi and then he came. I left him space, but it was me who was the one who spun around.“He didn’t leave me any space. There was no option. I made contact and I was spun around. Then we were at the back and had to come back.”After calling into the pits, Vettel fought back through the field to finish fourth, partly thanks to Max Verstappen of Red Bull taking a five-second time penalty for a brush with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.The result leaves Vettel trailing Hamilton by 30 points in the drivers’ championship with seven races remaining.He said the result was a blow to morale and was especially tough for the fans.But he added: “It’s not like I won’t wake up tomorrow. It’s deflating, but we couldn’t do it.”The race stewards investigated and ruled the crash a normal “racing incident” that merited no further action.Experienced paddock observers and media pundits agreed that Hamilton was not to blame.His former team-mate, 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, said it was entirely Vettel’s fault.“I think it was 100 percent Sebastian’s fault,” Rosberg told Sky F1. “Lewis left him enough room.“Over and over, he keeps making these mistakes and that’s not how you are going to beat Lewis Hamilton to a world championship.”The 1996 champion Damon Hill said the German had “cracked under pressure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes (front) and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari crashed on the first lap at Monza © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEMONZA, Italy, Sep 2 – Sebastian Vettel blamed the victorious Lewis Hamilton for causing the first lap collision that wrecked his hopes of winning Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari.The four-time champion German said he felt championship leader Hamilton did not leave him enough room when the pair clashed at the second chicane.last_img read more

Woman falls to death from balloon

first_imgParamedics tried to revive the woman, Rosemary Wooley Phillips, 60, in a dirt field where she fell. She was pronounced dead a short time later at University of New Mexico Hospital. Bill Birkley of Albuquerque was driving to visit a client when he saw the balloon flying low and fast, then getting snagged in the utility line “like a fish hook.” He stopped his vehicle and was standing about 100 feet from the trapped balloon when he saw Phillips fall. “She was screaming and flailing her arms,” Birkley said. “It was the most helpless feeling in the world. There she was, coming down through the air, and there wasn’t a thing you could do for her.” The balloon, meanwhile, came free and drifted across a road near Interstate 25. It crash-landed, inflicting injuries on the other passengers and a pilot. Bruno said two women had broken legs and another had minor bumps and bruises. The three, Sheryl Diaz, 60; Susan Simpson, 57; and Doris Currier, 52, were admitted to University Hospital, he said. The pilot sustained minor scratches and was treated at the scene. The women booked the flight through Rainbow Ryders, a concessionaire contracted to provide flights from the fiesta’s launch field. A company official, Scott Appleman, said pilot Tom Reyes had 30 years’ experience and more than 1,900 flying hours. Authorities were careful not to assign immediate blame on winds, saying an investigation was continuing. Yet hot air balloons are entirely subjected to the wind. “Wind is part of the unknown. Weather is part of the unknown, relative to hot air ballooning, all the time,” Appleman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The woman who died and the other three women were from Oceanside. “Our balloon community is a close-knit family, and a time like this is difficult for all of us,” said Gary Bennett, president of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The balloon – named Heavenly Ride – became caught on a utility line at 7:45 a.m. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground in an apparent attempt to reel the balloon down and free it, a state police spokesman said. But the tether broke and the balloon bounced back up, causing its gondola to tip. The woman fell more than 70 feet. “It probably was a lot higher than that,” state police Sgt. Kevin Bruno said. “That’s just an estimate.” ACCIDENT: Pilot was trying to free the hot-air craft from a utility line in New Mexico. By Tim Korte THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A California woman fell at least 70 feet to her death Monday and three other women were hospitalized, two with broken legs, after a morning joyride on a hot air balloon turned tragic, casting a pall over the city’s annual balloon fiesta. last_img read more

Pramerica to bring 300 jobs to Letterkenny

first_imgPramerica are set to bring 330 new jobs to Letterkenny by next summer at their new state of the art premises near Windyhall.Pramerica are a business and technology solutions company for the US based Prudential Finance, which has assets worth over one trillion US dollars under their management.A new state of the art premises is beginning to take shape just one kilometer away from Pramerica’s current Donegal premises in Windyhall, Letterkenny. As the company is ever-expanding, up sizing is needed to accommodate more staff. The new facility, equipped with its own lake, will officially open in summer 2017.The company began in 2000 with just eight employees.Currently they employ 1,400 people, and are hoping for this number to reach 1,800 over the next three years.Pramerica’s aim to have 1,800 employees, which is as many as Microsoft have, means that they are set to become one of Ireland’s biggest employers. Speaking to thejournal.ie, Caroline Faulkner says; “Pramerica is delighted that we have reached this historic milestone just 15 short years since we launched our business in Letterkenny with eight employees.”Faulkner, the former senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica Systems Ireland, added; “We currently employ more than 1,200 people who are dispersed in four buildings. The new facility will bring them together in a single location.”“In addition, it will give us the space we need to bring on approximately 330 new staff members over the next three years. The new job opportunities will include senior IT managers, project managers, business analysts, data scientists, actuaries, accountants and a wide range of technology support and professional services roles.”Although many large companies are based in larger cities around the country, on their website Pramerica say; “Letterkenny is the ideal staging point for excursions around Donegal, Ireland’s wildest and most beautiful corner.”Pramerica to bring 300 jobs to Letterkenny was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsletterkennypramericaprudential financewindyhalllast_img read more

What games are on today? All you need to know about the quarters

first_imgThe World Cup quarter-finals are live on talkSPORT.Just like that we are down to the last eight teams. Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?And here’s what you need to know about the first two quarter-finals.Uruguay v FranceThe first quarter-final kicks off at 3pm and is live on talkSPORT from the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium here.Edinson Cavani may miss the match with a calf injury suffered against Portugal, which will be a hammer blow to the South Americans. Uruguay have only conceded once so far and that very tight defence will have to be on their best form when they come up against Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. Brazil v BelgiumNext up is Brazil v Belgium, which kicks off at 19:00 (UK time) from the Kazan Arena and is live on talkSPORT.The two teams are blessed with players of absolute quality, with Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar, Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho to name a few.“It will be a great match. Both teams excel with a beautiful football. Belgium have great players and a great coach as well,” Brazil manager, Tite said “I’ve always put them in the group of favourites.” Neymar and Eden Hazard are two of the most talented players left at the World Cup 2 Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have scored five goals between them England v Sweden and Russia v Croatia play on Saturday 7 July. 2last_img read more

Three groups get funding under Gaeltacht action plans

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has announced almost €6,000 funding for a Men’s Shed, a heritage project and a community band in the Gaeltacht.The grants are being sanctioned under the Gaeltacht action plan as part of the 20 year strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce funding for these groups which are promoting valuable community spirit, the language in the Gaeltacht and important cultural and heritage ties. “The money will help develop Buíon Ceoil Sóisearach Chroiceach Mór, An Clochán Liath which encourages young people to learn traditional music while speaking the language and there is also funding for a Men’s Shed group in Gleann Cholm Cille where local men are learning new trades and Paróiste Mhíobbhaí ar Aghaidh, Carraig Airt which will put on film nights bringing local heritage stories to life.”The grants from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht include €3,845 for Buíon Ceoil Sóisearach Chroiceach Mór to enable them to purchase musical band uniforms, €1,208 for Scáthlán na bhFear, Gleann Cholm Cille, to purchase manufacturing tools and €879 for Paróiste Mhíobbhaí ar Aghaidh, Carraig Airt to purchase equipment for the Heritage Community Centre.Mr McHugh added: “These relatively small investments are hugely important for building community spirit and at the same time for preserving the strength of the Irish language.“I want to wish all those involved in the band in An Clochan Liath, the Men’s Shed and the heritage project in Carrigart continued success in their endeavours.” Three groups get funding under Gaeltacht action plans was last modified: May 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis from the Warriors’ preseason opener Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when Golden State takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle.While fans will get their first look at Warriors’ top pick Jacob Evans from Cincinnati, it will be some time before they witness All-Star free-agent signing DeMarcus Cousins’ Golden State debut. Cousins is ramping up his rehabilitation process from Achilles tendon surgery but won’t see action for months. Third-year center …last_img read more

Career Opportunity: Organization Director

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented self-starter for a management position in Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties. Individual must be willing to reside in the service area. Demonstrated leadership skills and management ability is required as is a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field. Three years of work experience in agriculture or in a business setting is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of a membership organization and be comfortable with public speaking and sales. Attractive benefit package includes a company vehicle. Email resumé and cover letter to hr@ofbf.org. Deadline to apply: Dec. 13, 2019 by 5 p.m.About Ohio Farm BureauThe Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community-building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.Position detailsProvide quality professional service and support to county boards and volunteer leaders to meet the needs of the membership relative to established organizational goals and objectives, consistent with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Plan.Primary duties:Provide leadership and direction to county Farm Bureaus for the purpose of improving the strength, effectiveness and visibility of the organization in pursuit of stated Ohio Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau goals and programs.Achieve membership growth through multiple strategies including an annual volunteer membership campaign, direct sales and strong partnerships.Work with county leaders to recruit new volunteers and provide leadership opportunities and training to develop and enhance volunteer leadership skills.Develop and enhance relationships with Nationwide, legislators, governmental agencies, agribusiness, local businesses, community groups and other strategic partners.Assist the county board to oversee county finances and develop an annual budget aligned to county goals and annual audits.Responsible for managing the local Farm Bureau office, including but not limited to personnel, data management, finances and correspondence.Minimum educational experience qualification: Minimum skill qualifications: Proficient in basic computer skillsOrganizational skillsCapacity to motivate, enthuse and recognize volunteersPublic speaking abilitiesFinancial and marketing knowledgeMinimum other qualifications: Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.Must live in a county in the organization director territory.Preferred qualifications: One to two years of work experience in a business environment.Knowledge or experience in agriculture.Deadline to apply: Dec. 13, 2019 by 5 p.m.Email resumé and cover letter to hr@ofbf.orglast_img read more

Can Facebook Capitalize on the Social Discovery Trend?

first_imgTags:#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copeland As Facebook released its earnings last week, pundits focused on the company’s troubled mobile strategy. But Facebook may face an even bigger problem: The social networking behemoth must compete with the nimble startups poised to capitalize on the trend toward social discovery. (This is Part 3 in a series of articles about social discovery. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.)The people at Powerhouse Factories, a brand strategy consultancy, point to recent statistics that show people are spending less time on Facebook. The change isn’t massive – yet – but Powerhouse social media expert Taylor Wiegert believes that the trend reflects people splitting Facebook time with more specialized social networks like Pinterest, Tumblr and Deviant Art. All these sites focus on social discovery: finding new connections, ideas and products through social media.The concept behind social discovery is nothing new, but it erupted at the South By Southwest Festival in March 2012. If this is the first time you’ve heard the term, it certainly won’t be the last. Web companies are trying to figure out how best to integrate social discovery  and help people easily find what they want based not only on their own preferences, but the preferences of their social-network contacts.“It’s not in place of Facebook – it’s in addition to,” Wiegert said. “People are still spending time on Facebook, but they’re also going on these niche social networks where they can connect around their passions.” Wiegert and his colleague, Emily Worstell, say the niche social networks help marketers find the early adopters and influencers. Reaching those people with targeted messages via social discovery is much easier than wading through the masses on Facebook. Worstell said, “We’re tapping into the very potent numbers. It can give a brand a very good idea about who their influencers are.”Adding Local to Social DiscoverySometimes those influencers aren’t on Facebook but just down the street. Nextdoor, a social network for people who live in the same neighborhood, is an engine of social discovery based on household problem-solving. (For more on Nextdoor, see our earlier profile). With Nextdoor, neighbors (who may not want to share personal information among each other the way they do with Facebook friends), ask questions ranging from “Know a good electrician?” to “Why are there fire trucks down the block?”“Has Facebook dropped the ball by not integrating local social discovery?” Nextdoor CEO and founder Nirav Tolia asked. “I don’t think so. Different social networks have different uses. Facebook and Nextdoor are miles apart.”But maybe not for long. Following last week’s earnings release, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg hinted that Facebook may be contemplating a local push into a potentially lucrative market segment. “The problem is local businesses are not very tech savvy,” Sandberg told earnings analysts. “Something like 40% don’t have any Web presence.” If Facebook can entice them to set up shop on the social network – which, after all, is easier than setting up a custom URL and homepage – the company will have a good shot at covering the local end of social discovery.Social Discovery Is Not PrivateSocial discovery is most effective if it can draw on large volumes of personal information, which increasingly includes physical location. Especially as people use mobile devices to discover who and what is around them, they may start to wonder whether they’re sharing too much. “Consumers have to think about what they are comfortable with sharing and if they want people around them to know about them,” said Jeff Tinsley, CEO of MyLife, a service that unifies messaging from various social networks. We’re “living in a world where people are a lot more comfortable sharing information, but [social discovery] can certainly test the limits.” And given that Facebook has repeatedly tested those limits with frequent and often intrusive changes to its user agreement, it may not be the leading candidate to make users feel secure as social discovery comes to play a larger role in their choices.“People have started to become increasingly dissatisfied with Facebook because of the ads and because of privacy concerns,” Wiegert said. “These niche platforms are starting to chip away at Facebook as people reevaluate what they’re getting out of Facebook.”ReadWriteWeb’s Dave Copeland will be speaking at the SocialDiscovery.org’s next Social Discovery Conference on Aug. 6-7 at the Fairmont San Francisco. ReadWriteWeb readers can get a discount of more than $1,000 if they register by August 3.To read more about social discovery, see Social Discovery is Pushing Search & Social Closer Together and Hooked Media Group Uses Social Discovery to Fine-Tune Game Recommendations. Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Cinematography Tip: How to Create Soft Diffused Light

first_img2. SoftboxesA softbox is incredibly versatile on set, making it a great key, fill, or back light for your subject. The softness of the light produced from a softbox depends on the size of the face. In general, larger softboxes will produce softer light than smaller softboxes.Be careful when looking for softboxes online. There are a lot of really terrible softbox brands out there that target indie filmmakers. These lights break easily and have horrible color casts. I recommend using a simple Lowel softbox kit if you’re just starting out.Price: $200+Softbox TutorialIn this tutorial from DiCasaFilm, we take a look at how to do a basic three point light setup using only softboxes. Notice in the tutorial how the distance of the light source determines the intensity of the light hitting the subject. This is because of a phenomenon called the inverse square law. For more info on this subject, check out the article Inverse-Square Law: The Nerdy Term Every Photographer & Filmmaker Should Know here on PremiumBeat. 4. China BallsIf you’re looking for incredibly even lighting to add to your scene, a china ball is a great place to start. They’re incredibly cheap and the light they produce is just the right kind of soft. The only downside to working with china balls is the fact that they are hard to mount. But if you’re willing to work with them, they can give you nice soft light for very little money.Price: $2China Ball TutorialThis video tutorial from Film Riot shows us how to use China Balls with a dimmer to get dynamic lighting on-set. 3. UmbrellasUmbrellas are similar to softboxes in that they are usually attached to a light source. Depending on the type of umbrella you are using, you can either shoot through the umbrella or bounce light off the umbrella onto your subject.Some umbrellas are made up of a white cloth and others are made up of a metallic material. Both are good and both can produce soft light depending on the material and the distance from the subject.Price: $20Umbrella TutorialThis tutorial from Chan Ting Lin shows us a few techniques for using umbrellas to create soft diffused light. One technique mentioned in the tutorial is to use a gold umbrella if you are wanting to warm up the skin tones in your scene. The tutorial also compares reflectors, softboxes, and barn doors, so it’s a really good watch if you have time. Soft light is a fantastic resource for any filmmaker. Let’s take a look at ten ways to create soft, diffused light on a film set.Every great cinematographer has a deep understanding of the way light works. Unfortunately, many indie filmmakers focus way too heavily on the gear and not the actual image they’re shooting — especially when it comes to light. Let’s take a closer look at lighting and discover a few ways to create a soft, cinematic look.Hard vs. Soft LightingThis lighting would be considered hard lighting because of the harsh shadows. In film, video, and photography, there are two big categories of light: hard light and soft light. You can easily figure out if your light source is hard or soft depending on the shadows. Hard lights will have shadows with very sharp edges, whereas soft light will have shadows with soft edges or no defined edges at all.This is an example of soft lighting. Notice how the shadows are barely visible. The thing that makes a light either soft or hard is the relative size of the light source. A small source will be much harsher than a larger source. The best example of this is the sky. On a bright and sunny day your shadows will be incredibly sharp because the light source that hits you is (relatively) very small in the sky.Now contrast a sunny day with an overcast day. On an overcast day, you no longer have a strong single point in the sky hitting your subject, rather the light is diffused across the entire sky. The result is incredibly soft shadows.Why Soft Lighting RulesOne type of light source is not better than the other. Both hard and soft lights have their own storytelling purposes in both film and photography. That being said, soft light is much easier to work with than hard light. This is for a number of reasons.First, soft light doesn’t draw attention to shadows as much as hard light. By nature, our eyes are drawn to points of high contrast. If you’re using hard lights, your viewer’s eyes may be focusing on other points in the frame other than your subject. Soft light helps make your subject look as good as possible by minimizing wrinkles and blemishes, which is incredibly important for commercials and corporate videos.When shooting with hard light, it’s not uncommon to have to have your subject stay in a very particular place. But when shooting on soft lighting, you typically have more freedom for your subject to move around the frame.Diffusion TechniquesIn a nutshell, diffusion changes the relative size of a light source. For example, if we were to place a white sheet between your subject and a floodlight, we would get much softer shadows than if we simply hit the subject directly with the floodlight.It’s important to emphasize the word relative size here. While a softbox may produce soft shadows on a human when 5 ft away, it will likely produce sharp shadows on a car. In ideal soft lighting scenarios there’s a direct relationship between the size of your subject and the recommended size of your source light. As your subject gets bigger, so should the size of your light source (if you want soft shadows).Let’s break down a few ways to get softer light on set.1. Diffusion PaperDiffusion paper is a great option if you want to soften your lighting up just a bit. The “paper” is usually clamped to the barn doors of a light. The result isn’t dramatic, but it is subtle enough if you’re trying to soften up the overall look. Some people use wax paper instead of diffusion paper to get the same effect. While this may work with LED lights, you shouldn’t use wax paper on a tungsten light as the paper can catch fire.Price: $12Diffusion Paper TutorialThis cinematography tutorial by Tom Antos shows us how he uses diffusion paper when lighting a scene. 6. 5-in-1 Reflector Diffusion ScreenIf you don’t already have a 5-in-1 reflector, stop reading this article and go buy one. There is no lighting tool more essential to indie cinematographers than a 5-in-1 reflector. The inside of a 5-in-1 is made up of a light diffusion fabric that can be used to cut light from a bright light source. They can be mounted to a c-stand or held when you’re in a pinch. I often use these diffusion screens when outside in direct sunlight.Price: $17Reflector TutorialIn this tutorial from the good people at Videomaker, we take a look at the light differences between reflector, diffuser, and white board light.center_img 5. Silks/ScrimsA silk is typically placed on a separate stand between your subject and your light source. Silks can be large (up to 20 ft. x 20 ft.) or small. On a film set you will normally hear silks referred to by the size of the metal frame around them. Common sizes include 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 12×12.Image via LightingIntensiveIf you’re on an indie budget, you don’t necessarily have to buy a “professional” silk to get a similar light effect. Most of the time you can get away with just suspending a white sheet or shower curtain between your subject and the light source. Be sure to bring lots of sandbags when using silks. If the wind catches your silk just right, it might fall and hurt somebody!Price: $20+Silk/Scrim TutorialIn this super helpful tutorial from Sea & Sky Films we take a look at how to use silks/scrims to create incredibly soft lighting when outside. 8. ShadeIf you’re shooting outdoors and looking for soft light, try to find some shade. Instead of diffusing the light, shade will completely cut off the main light source. Instead of being lit from the sun, your subject will be lit by light bouncing off of objects from all around you.One thing to look for when shooting in the shade is blown-out backgrounds. Because your subject will be out of direct sunlight, there’s a really good chance that your background will be incredibly bright. Just keep this in mind when framing up your shot. There’s also the chance that your lighting may change while shooting in the shade, so it’s best to shoot in the shade if you’re shooting a short scene.Price: Free9. WindowsAnother option for getting soft light is to put your subject near a window. Windows produce incredibly bright and soft light and it’s not uncommon for photographers to use this light to their advantage. Filmmakers are a little more limited when it comes to window light, as light could possibly change as the day progresses. But if you need soft light quick, a window is a quick and easy way to do it.One thing to consider when shooting near a window is color casts. Lights in your home are typically tungsten balanced (orange) while sunlight coming through a window is typically daylight balanced (blue). In order to avoid shooting in mixed lighting, you may want to invest in a CTO daylight conversion filter to place over your window.Price: Free10. Book LightingImage from Hurlbut VisualsThere’s another popular lighting technique that’s been making its way through the filmmaking world called book lighting. Book lighting is essentially a double diffusion technique that always uses at least 1 silk. The trick with book lighting is to not have the physical light source pointed at your subject. Instead your light will bounce from one source then hit a silk. The result is a very soft glow.  Book lighting should be used if you want the softest light possible. Keep in mind: setting this up can take a while.Price: Silk + Bounce + Light = $100+This tutorial from Shane Hurlbut shows us how to create indoor book lighting using a softbox and a silk.Have any tips for creating soft light? Share in the comments below. 7. Bounce Light Off the Ceiling or WallIf you’re working in a boring office space or home (or if you’ve simply forgotten your softbox) you can always bounce light off of the ceiling. This technique essentially turns the entire wall into one big soft light. I typically use this technique if I want to light an entire room evenly. Just keep in mind you’ll need a powerful light if your room has tall ceilings.Price: Free (If you have a light)Bouncing Light TutorialWhile this tutorial is about bouncing light using a speedlight, the same concepts can be applied to film lighting. Notice in the tutorial how the light changes depending on the angle in which the light hits the wall.last_img read more