7 Lighting on location




As the costs of program making in the studio rise, an increasing number of productions are shot on location. Instead of using a built studio setting, drama is shot in a real-life situation, modified perhaps for the occasion.

Location shooting has great advantages as far as realism is concerned, but it poses major problems too for the program maker.

Natural light

Natural light may be convenient and free but it is deceptively unreliable. The sun’s direction and altitude continually change, varying with the hour, the time of year and the latitude (Figure 7.1). Its quality also alters considerably.

The light illuminating subjects out in the open is of three kinds:

Fig. 7.1 The apparent movement of the sun

1. Typical ...

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