There are many ways that one can use artificial light to simulate the absence of genuine light. Here are 3 simple tips to make artificial light appear as if it is genuine light.
- When using artificial light you need to make sure that your lights are not directly facing your subject. Assuming you have a mid to low end camera, that can cause the subject to appear flat and unnatural. Either find a way to reflect the light, thus diffusing the light and causing the subject to seem more human.
- Positioning your lights can create several different moods within the shot. There are words in the business that you will come across that describe the different types of light: Paramount Lighting is referred to when describing the light is positioned above the subject to create a gentle shadow below the nose. Paramount Lighting is known to give the subject a more feminine look. Loop Lighting or Rembrandt Lighting illustrates when the light is off to the side of the subject creating a looped shadow next to the nose and a triangle on the cheek. Finally, split lighting which is harsh light on the side of the face to give the subject a more masculine look. Here are some examples of each.
3. Lighting your background to make your subject more prominent. Not lighting your background, although not a major issue in the cinematic world, can make the visuals less appealing for the user. I recommend using a tungsten light in the background when using a whiter light on the subject. This will show a clear difference between the subject and the background.
Austen Rudall – RGMedia