Chapter 19

Lighting Technology

Film and Video Lighting

In the early days of motion pictures, lighting was provided cheaply, but maybe not so conveniently, by the sun. Hollywood sunlight has the advantages of being bright and readily available, which suited motion picture pioneers, but also has the distinct disadvantage that it is not very controllable. The sun also has an annoying tendency to move! Early film producers sometimes went to the trouble of constructing rotating sets so that they could get as much consistency as possible during the working day. In parts of the world with less consistent weather conditions, the quality of natural light varies enormously. When the sun is shining and there are no clouds in the sky, the light source is ...

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