The headshot, the interview, the portrait lighting we all have to film time and time again . . . it can get quite boring, and often my instincts tell me that you just can’t light by a standard formula. Lighting Techniques should be fluid.
Three Point Lighting Rule Be Gone
The best cinematographers don’t follow a formula. They trust their eye and rely on years of “rules” which they followed long enough until it was time to break them.
Nothing is better then seeing a master give the middle finger to the “rules” and create awesome stuff. It lets me know that above all we need to trust our instincts, trust our eye, and have our own opinion.
Watch below to learn an alternative method to the boring old three point lighting technique and then keep reading:
So as you noticed you can get a wonderful contrast on the face by having your fill light on the SAME side as your key light.
Also, negative fill is something you should be experimenting with since taking light away is just as much a necessity and a science as adding light. Check out Bruce Logan’s interview, [email protected]:20 where he discusses negative fill for more on that.
Don’t forget, highlights and blown out windows in the background, though you need to be careful to keep it tasteful, is completely acceptable and can look gorgeous.
This method is more natural since all the light is coming from the one “source” and at the same time there is a natural fall off of light and wrap around effect that is happening. Even though there are two lighting fixtures doing the job I consider this one “point”. The second would be the hair light.
So although three-point lighting is the dominant method out there, don’t be afraid to shake things up by trying alternative methods – maybe you’ll come up with something ground breaking! Trust your eye and let that guide you, not some stinking boring “rule”.
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HAVE YOU EVER CREATED FILL FROM THE SAME SIDE AS YOUR KEY LIGHT?
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