Ten Lighting Setups

This video’s creator John Note was given an assignment requiring him to show a series of lighting setups for his lighting class. Each shot had specific details on which to follow, which are explained in the video.

1. A three-quarter or waist-high silhouette of 1 or 2 people perfectly exposed for the background
with the foreground ?gure(s) completely dark. There should be enough distance between foreground
and background that the spill of one area does not interfere with the other.

2. Invert the lighting in #1, using exactly the same pose and framing with perfectly exposed
foreground ?gures at 4:1 key/?ll (two stops) and completely dark or just barely visible details in the

3. A waist-high person in soft (diffused) side light, no ?ll light, and a specular edge light from the
opposite side with the background as dark and unlit as possible. An incident reading of the edge light
should be about the same f/stop as the key light if the subject has light features, or one stop brighter
if the subject has dark features. Expose for the diffused key light.

4. Identical pose and framing to #3 but with added light and shadow (using barn doors, or other
shadowing material) shaping and highlighting the background (think of it as painting the background
with light and shadow).

5. A scene with a standing or seated person, a candle (either held by hand or on a table) seemingly
lighting the person but actually enhanced with additional light, and a circular glow simulating the
effect of the candlelight on the background.

6. A person reading in bed by lamplight at midnight (implied by light, shadow, framing, ratio,
composition, and a “practical”).

7. A person sleeping in bed at 3 am with shadows implying moonlight coming through unseen
foliage or blinds onto part of the scene. You may want to gel the moonlight source or the ?ll light
with a blue or other color gel.

8. A person in bed at sunrise (implied by light, shadow, color, and composition).

9. Simulate the pose, surface tones, and light of a speci?c frame from a ?lm of your choosing. If
possible, also turn in a still image of that frame.

10. Shoot an interior still with at least one person in it using whatever light sources already exist in
the location (lamps, overhead lights, windows, etc.), but without showing any of those sources in the
frame. Now, turn off/cover those sources and replicate, as nearly as possible, that scene using only
arti?cial lighting. Also shoot wide shots of both the “natural” lighting sources and the arti?cial

Since it is available in video, instead of using gels, I white balanced off of different color swatches, for a greener look, I white balanced off of a magenta tone, blue look, orange tone, etc…

I also lowered the blacks and raised the mids in Color, to give the video a more filmic look.

Do Movies have a Future?

David Denby, film critic for the New Yorker, discusses the nature of the American movie business and the role of the critic in this lecture from Princeton in 2003.

-Eight production companies are owned by six conglomerates, production is tilted toward 15-25 year-old males, the quality movies are loaded into the last six weeks of the year to qualify for awards. The more serious critics, meanwhile, long for art or at least for fresh entertainment and are at odds with an industrial system that increasingly thinks of movies as mere digits that can be converted into toys, games, books, songs, and other products. Yet critics still have a function, as the enthusiasm for such movies as “The Hours” would suggest. Fresh talent emerges from the periphery, and so on. He will also talk about digitization as the future for movies, both for good and for ill, and the chances of survival of minority cultural tastes in general (classical music, jazz, blues, documentaries, foreign films, etc.) in the digital future.

(available only in Windows Media Player Video)

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Beyond that, Daisy Whitney’s “New Media Minute” sits down with YouTube exec Bing Chen to discuss how you can use Brand Consistency, YouTube Analytical tools and fundamentals to fill in that gap between collecting underpants and profit.

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