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Hard or harsh lighting

Hard or harsh lighting

Hard or harsh lighting uses smaller light sources to cast large, crisp shadows on the subject while increasing the contrast. The effect is a dramatic, suspenseful atmosphere that evokes a sense of fear or wickedness.

Common sources of lightning:

  • Low-key lighting comes from one source to create strong shadows and contrast.
  • Kicker light with soft fill. A backlight shines on the side of the subject's face and creates a rim light effect. The soft fill light mildly illuminates the face.

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Three-point lighting is most commonly used

Three-point lighting is most commonly used

  • The key light is the strongest and brightest light source. Therefore, it makes the strongest shadows.
  • Fill light _"fills in" the shadows cast by the key light and _softens the lighting on the subject and environment. It is placed near the ...

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Soft or diffused lighting

Soft or diffused lighting

Soft lighting is created by using larger light sources further from the subject and in a scene with many fill lights. The lights illuminate the whole frame instead of just a single subject. The effect is a dreamy, romantic or fantastical atmosphere that portrays ...

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Lighting techniques essential in filmmaking

Lighting techniques essential in filmmaking

Lighting techniques set the scene of a film. Cinematic lighting creates depth, drama and atmosphere, direct the audience's eye to a specific element, such as an actor or prop, and even reflect the emotions and nature of a character.

Techniques in cinematic lighting include...

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Other lighting techniques

Other lighting techniques

  • Side lighting. It illuminates the contours of the face and increases contrast for a dramatic effect.
  • Bounce lighting. A reflector is used to bounce a strong light towards the subject. It spreads and softens the light.
  • Motivated lig...

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Colour

Colour

  • Warm lighting creates red, yellow or orange tones. It evokes a sense of comfort, warmth, happiness and is often used in romance or teen dramas.
  • Cool lighting creates blue, green or grey tones. It projects a feeling of loneliness or coldness.

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Lighting for characters

Lighting for characters

Lighting can help to reveal a personality or emotions.

  • Under lighting. The light shines from under the character's face and creates a creepy effect.
  • Backlighting. The light source is behind the subject and creates a halo effect around the su...

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Other lighting techniques

Other lighting techniques

  • Side lighting. It illuminates the contours of the face and increases contrast for a dramatic effect.
  • Bounce lighting. A reflector is used to bounce a strong light towards the subject. It spreads and softens the light.
  • Motivated lig...

Soft or diffused lighting

Soft or diffused lighting

Soft lighting is created by using larger light sources further from the subject and in a scene with many fill lights. The lights illuminate the whole frame instead of just a single subject. The effect is a dreamy, romantic or fantastical atmosphere that portrays ...

Lighting for characters

Lighting for characters

Lighting can help to reveal a personality or emotions.

  • Under lighting. The light shines from under the character's face and creates a creepy effect.
  • Backlighting. The light source is behind the subject and creates a halo effect around the su...

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