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Lighting FAQ

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Lighting basics

  • “Hard” or “soft” light characterizes the shadow appearance.
  • In general, the larger, more diffused the light source, the softer the light quality.
  • There is no rule as to when to use hard or soft light for a shot or scene, and there is no correct or incorrect method.
  • While soft light is more forgiving when lighting people, hard light can be used to produce dramatic shadows and attractive lighting effects.
  • The primary light source (the key light) generally sets the softness of the light.
  • Key, fill, separation, and background lights.
  • Open-faced and the Fresnel-lensed lights – hard light; softbank, frost – light-softeners
  • HMI lamp and LEDs
  • Reflections and reflectors
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