So far we’ve discussed how to shape and control light by using snoots, grids, and barn doors. We’ve also talked about how the distance of the light to the subject and of the subject to the background affects the clarity of a shadow. What’s next? A different kind of modifier. A shaper of light that comes in so many shapes and sizes that, quite honestly, anything can be one. This magical light modifier is a gobo. The term is derived from the phrase “go between,” referring to anything that goes between a light source and the subject. After you train this final, mysterious, shade-throwing beast, your training will be complete.


Typically, the term “gobo” is reserved for the lens filters and patterns that are affixed to ...

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