Today we learn the basics of lighting.
There will always be lighting, may it be natural or artificial. In order to achieve a certain look for a film, we would have to play around with lighting.
There’s generally two types of light quality : -
Harsh Light: deep shadows, we can normally tell which direction the light is coming from.
Soft light : softer shadows, it’s harder to tell the direction of the light. Normally more flattering to the face of subject.
In lighting a subject, it is recommended that we have more than one source of light, lighting the scene. This is to not make the subject of the shot seem flat with no “3D-ness”
There’s the key light which in essence is the most prominent light source that lights the scene or the subject of the scene. The key light can be bounce off bounce cards or surfaces to be the fill light. We must take note of color cast that comes from bouncing the light on a surface. (Maybe we could play around with the color casts?)
Backlight or hairlight is to light the back of the head/hair.
What effect does the lighting have to the scene? Lighting is about observing and reproducing the lighting of the film scene that we are intending to get our inspiration from.
Types of Lights:
Fresnel lamps: the light source can be focus because there’s a lens :Harsh light.
Open Face: normally stronger light source than the Fresnel lamp. Redhead 800W, Blondie 2k
Dedo kit – Normally used for backlighting a subject.
All of these lights are incandescent light sources: they have a filament which heats up to produce light.
Kino Flow – Fluorescent light, instant soft light. When you dim it, the color temperature stays the same.
However, when you reduce the wattage of an incandescent light, the color changes.