“We are affected and defined by light. Light is the most important toolwe have to work with, not only as cinematographers, but as people.”—Laszlo Kovacs, Cinematographer
The premise of this book is that great lighting comes from an understanding of three basic components. Each of these areas is important, much like a three-legged stool. We all know what happens if one of the legs of a three-legged stool is wobbly or short. These three areas are:
1. The aesthetics of the image
2. The physics of light
3. Appropriate technique
I coin these three areas the why, what, and how of lighting, respectively. (Catchy, isn’t it?)
“Why” is the question “Why are you lighting?” and refers to the aesthetic intent of your lights, defined ...