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Art Direction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition by Robert Olson

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TECHNIQUES FOR EFFECTIVE LIGHTING

Film directors of photography and video lighting directors work carefully to make settings and actors look good to the camera. To help them achieve the best results, production designers and art directors need to be familiar with some basic lighting methods.

FILM AND VIDEO

Film Lighting

For a film, the director of photography (DP), after discussing the mood, style, and general look of the photography with the director, shoots tests using various lenses, filters, and film stocks. The DP determines the elements and chooses the type of instruments to use and where they are to be hung and focused. Because film photography generally uses one camera and many changes of angle between takes, the DP directs the relighting ...

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