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3 Point Lighting Tutorial – Cinematic Lighting Techniques

3 Point Lighting Tutorial – Cinematic Lighting Techniques


On today’s episode of the Piedmont motion picture show We’re going back to filmmaking basics and talking about the three point lighting technique and that starts right now Hey guys Ryan camp here with the Piedmont Motion Picture Company. Thank you so much for joining me today This channel is all about learning and growing as a filmmaker So be sure to hit that like button and please subscribe if you haven’t already and let’s become better filmmakers together the three point lighting technique is a standard lighting setup that’s used in Photography video and film this is a very simple lighting setup and it’s usually the first that budding photographers and video enthusiasts learn 3-point lighting basically forms the basis of all other lighting techniques and once you get the hang of setting up your own 3-point lighting look you’ll have a much better understanding of how lighting works and film and video applications So let’s take a look at how it all comes together The three point lighting technique usually consists of you guessed it three lights It makes a lot of sense. These lights are the key light the fill light and the backlight You will need three lights to fully realize the potential of this method You can still learn the technique and its basic principles with only one or two lights sometimes a situation may even call for you to remove one or two of the lights to get the best results the Key light is the main light. This will usually be your most powerful light source How this light looks and its placement will dictate the overall look of the scene The key light is usually placed to one side or the other of the subject This creates a look where one side of the subject is well-lit and the other side will have a little bit of shadow The fill light is the secondary light and will usually be placed on the opposite side of the key light This light will be used to fill in shadows leftover from the key light This light will usually be less powerful than your key light So it may be moved further away from your subject or have the brightness dim down a bit This light could also be replaced with a reflector or bounce it’s okay for this light to be very subtle, but it all depends on the look you’re going for the Backlight is usually placed behind your subject and will hit your subject from the rear creating a subtle Outline or rim around the edges of your subject. This helps your subject to stand out from the background It also creates eye caching separation and definition around your subject If you have any extra lights, they can be used to light objects in your background add visual interest You can also use a practical light in the background a practical light is a light that is actually visible in the scene Usually a lamp or something along those lines now Let’s remove each light from our scene one by one to demonstrate how each light is affecting the same First let’s remove the practical or the background lights Next we’ll remove the backlight Now the field And Finally the key light Now let’s add them back one by one practical Back light Feel and the key light Now let’s do it in a different order Key light Feel Back light and then your practical and There you have it put together your light kit and just start experimenting with a three-point light setup It’s one of the best ways to learn about lighting Ok guys, that’s your introduction to the three-point lighting setup Remember to play around and experiment with your setup when you’re trying to light your scene It helps you learn and there’s no right or wrong way to do this Just do whatever looks best for you and your particular scene question of the day. What are your tips or methods for lighting a scene? Let us know in the comments below. I hope you found this video very beneficial And if you have please give it a thumbs up, and please consider subscribing if you haven’t already Thanks for coming along on this filmmaking journey with me. I am Ryan and I will see you on the next piemonte motion picture show

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