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Lighting is absolutely KEY when it comes to producing a quality image. Without it, the sensors in your camera have trouble recording what they’re looking at. And if you’re shooting on AUTO, your camera will push the settings as high up as it can in order to get a visible image… which usually leaves you with a noisy and grainy image.
Trust me… that’s no fun for ANYONE.
So, to avoid this terrible debacle, it’s best to have quality light when shooting.
But even more importantly, it’s best to know what KIND of light your shoot will need, because believe it or not… having the WRONG type or intensity of lighting can blow out your image and in some cases, even cheapen the look of your image by making it look amateur.
The golden rule for lighting your set is to make the light look as natural as possible… to the camera.
And in order to produce a “naturally looking’ shot, I find it best to understand the basic science of light first.
Knowing the fundamentals behind how light works, will help you make better on the fly decisions that are based on science, vs. just guessing and hoping it works.
Here are the 3 basic principles that you should know before lighting any set:
“Light Temperature” and how it’s measured
The different “types” of light that’s produced by these temperatures
and how lighting “intensity” is measured
Color temperature is a number that tells you how “hot” or “cold” a light will appear. It’s not measured in degree Fahrenheit or degree Celsius like you would imagine, but instead, it has its very own thermodynamic temperature scale called the Kelvin Scale.
And yes, if you’re asking yourself “why does that sound so familiar?!”, it’s because you learned it when you took Chemistry in High School.
But don’t worry, I’m not gonna go into ionic bonds, intermolecular force, or Dalton’s law of partial pressures… THAT’s…. for an ENTIRELY different uDemy course.
KELVIN! Kelvin is the unit of measurement for color temperature. And its abbreviation is a capital K. So, when you’re purchasing a light kit and want to know what “color” the lightbulbs are going to be, this REALLY helps!