SFFS Handout: Basic Lighting Techniques

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POSTED BY: San Francisco Film Society

CREATED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The most basic lighting scheme used in film is 3-Point Lighting, which is often used for static setups, such as an interview or a one-shot (shot of a single person). It involves a main light (“key”) on one side of the subject, a secondary light (“fill”) on the other, and a third light (“back”) behind the subject to help distinguish him/her from the background. Background elements are lit separately. 

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