Lighting the subject


From the time when the Savoy Theatre, London, was first lit by electricity in 1881, the instruments used for artificial lighting have developed from very crude flood sources to the sophisticated moving light sources of today.

Early light sources were generally floodlights with little or no finesse. As taste became more refined, so did the lighting. The majority of lighting is placed at a reasonable height above the acting area. The reasons for this are quite simply that we do not wish the acting area to be full of equipment. This holds true for most lighting equipment, but in a TV or film studio the floor is also cluttered with cameras and booms, etc. As members of the human race we are conditioned that light is above ...

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