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


Light as Energy

Color Temperature

Color Balance of Your Camera

Natural and Artificial Lighting

Quantity of Light: Sensitivity and Exposure

Quality of Light: Hard versus Soft



Basic Character Lighting: The Three-Point Lighting 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 the audience – not merely with basic exposure, but also ...

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