O'Reilly logo

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, 4th Edition by Harry Box

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

CHAPTER

Manipulating light: Tools, techniques, and the behavior of light

6

I can't stand a naked light bulb any more than I can a rude remark or vulgar action.

—Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

In our work in motion picture and television, we can identify five properties of light that we manipulate to create compelling images. They are: color, brightness, shape (or pattern), quality of light (hard or soft), and movement. The techniques used to manipulate and control these five properties represent the central knowledge required of a lighting technician working on set. Mastery of the principles that govern the properties of light is the very core of the expertise a director of photography and gaffer bring to a project. ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required