8 Single-point lighting

Over the next few sections we will look at how to build a simple system of lighting that will give exciting pictures, with good illumination and the illusion of depth and texture. We will take the very straightforward set-up of a single camera looking at a single performer, but the system we will evolve can be extended and modified to cover a wide range of scenes.

The camera must have illumination to be able to see a picture, and even for relatively sensitive CCD cameras that illumination has to be at quite a high intensity to yield a good quality image. Our eyes are both very sensitive and intelligent. We can see and discriminate detail down to very dark levels. Because our brain interprets what the eyes see we can still ...

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