Lighting Guides Part 2

Several months ago I created a blog post about some useful lighting guidelines. Since then I’ve put together some other guidelines that may prove useful. This comes from information other cinematographers have shared and some comes from personal experience.

I’ve gathered some steps that helps get your desired look.

Lighting steps :

1 What is the mood/concept?

2 Access Environment

3 Supplement Environment

4 Accent Light

5 Key light

6 Catch light

7 Back light

8 Fill

 

 

What is the mood or concept?

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  • Mood?, Story?, Character?
  • Mysterious, Action, Introspective

Access environment

Shot from my slider cinematography video. Using the leaves in the foreground to show the move and drive home the atmosphere.
Shot from my slider cinematography video. Using the leaves in the foreground to show the move and drive home the atmosphere.
  • Start with environment
  • Is there natural light? Practicals?
  • Set exposure for natural light
  • Start wide, tighten up later
  • Asses background light

Supplement Environment

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  • Add practicals where necessary to give the overall envoirment a feel or mood

Accent lights

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  • little lights behind things = accent lighting
  • Example : small light behind a sofa

Key Light

Melanie Laurent stars in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Melanie Laurent stars in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
  • Examine subject
  • Turn on key light
  • Take skin tone into account

Catch light

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  • Place a light to illuminate the eyes of your subject

Back light

Backlight makes this image work.
Backlight makes this image work.

 

  • Seperate subject from BG
  • Hard backlight and soft key renders good images

Take into account :

Bob Richardson, ASC uses heavy Backlight
Bob Richardson, ASC uses heavy Backlight
  • Realism vs Stylization
  • Soft vs Hard
  • Control spill

“Using Gels”

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  • Light first then add gels after set up
  • Key light : Neutral, Cool and Warm is best for skin
  • Back light or Accent light : free being creative. Add more saturation etc.
  • Background light : Again more freedom
  • Ambient light : brings up overall light. Coloring this can produce amazing results. Best to match with background and background light

Pro tip : “Adding the beauty glow”

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  • Adding Glow : Underlight (Bounce board)

I hope these simple guidelines help you  on your projects.  I’ll continue gathering information and sharing what I experience during my journey in the film world.

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