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Film Lighting: Making The Scene

Having the right Film Lighting Equipment can make or break the success of a recording and is an essential part of the recipe.

As with the human eye a camera captures images through light.  Depending on what is being filmed and what the director is trying to achieve will affect the lighting design that is implemented.  Film Lighting Equipment is used to provide a specific mood, emotion and atmosphere and without it, it is not possible to see anything clearly.

Broadcast Lighting is particularly needed in order to get proper exposure.  Shooting a scene without any light will make the shot underexposed in the same way in which a camera being used in the dark without a flash would.  Not only would the shot be too dark there would be a severe lack of detail with the worst possible scenario resulting in both the actors and the props on set being unrecognisable.  Too much light on the other hand has the reverse effect and you end up with an overexposed shot that is too bright, washed out and in some cases blindingly white.

In order to ensure that the Broadcast Lighting is suited to the shot the cinematographer and the lighting team utilize a whole range of production equipment.  There is a large amount of lighting equipment available suitable for a whole variety of videoing situations.  Full lighting kits come in a range of sizes and feature standing lights and mounted studio lights.  Some kits including the Datavision DVS-LEDGO-600BCLK Bi Colour Lighting Kit also come with a portable light stand and a carry case included within the price.

In addition to using lighting to create mood and emotion lighting is also used for aesthetic purposes.   Not only can it be used to improve the skin tone of the actors featuring in the recording it can be used to both hide flaws as well as flaunting specific areas.  Soft lighting tends to be used to make beauty shots as harsh light often results in higher levels of contrast which are less pleasing to the eye.

Another reason why artificial lighting is used is due to the fact that it can stimulate different times of day meaning film directors don’t need to wait for a certain time to be able to shoot a specific scene.  Lighting equipment can make it look like morning, afternoon or evening and can even be used to enhance the atmosphere for example making the winter air look colder or making the sun appear hotter than it really is.

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