How to Light Cinematic Silhouettes

How to Light Cinematic Silhouettes

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Silhouettes are an amazing lighting technique that can be used to add a ton of depth to your shot. Silhouettes can be used in narrative films to introduce a character who is mysterious or maybe has a darker side. Silhouettes can be used at nighttime to convey romance or during a documentary for more intimate moments. Silhouettes can even be used in music videos for a stylized cinematic look.

In today’s episode of Four Minute Film School, music video cinematographer David Weldon walks us through four cinematic lighting setups and how he uses low key silhouette techniques in each of them. Try using these techniques in your next narrative, music video, documentary, or anything else!

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Music video cinematographer David Weldon uses silhouette techniques to add drama and depth to his lighting setups for narrative and music video cinematography. Aputure’s YouTube channel provides free high quality cinematography, lighting, and filmmaking educational content to help you take your film projects to the next level.

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