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Grammar of the Shot, 3rd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen

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Chapter Four

Lighting Your Shots – Not Just What You See, but How You See It

  • Light as Energy
  • Color Temperature
  • The Color Balance of Your Camera
  • Natural and Artificial Lighting
  • Quantity of Light: Sensitivity and Exposure
  • Quality of Light: Hard vs Soft
  • Contrast
  • Color
  • Basic Character Lighting: Three-Point Method
  • Motivated Lighting: Angle of Incidence
  • Set and Location Lighting
  • Controlling Light – Basic Tools and Techniques

Unless you are using specialty cameras such as night vision, thermal, or infrared, you will need to illuminate your subjects, sets, and locations. Light allows us and our cameras to “see” and it will allow you, the filmmaker, to show your story to an audience – not merely with basic exposure, but also with creative purpose and ...

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