Placing light sources within shots – and how it can improve them.
Try it Yourself
Lighting using Only Practicals
Augmenting with Motivated Lighting
Practical light source(s) alone may not be bright enough, or may need to be further extended or controlled. Aputure‘s case study demonstrates that the way to supplement practicals with motivated light is by matching the colour and quality of each practical “source”:
Danny Gevirtz demonstrates how to manage motivated lighting between wide and close-up shots:
Light Spaces, Not Faces – if the scene is lit for the wide / master shot, it’s already lit for close-ups. The opposite is much harder. Justin Jones discusses taking this very approach in his music videos (via Indy Mogul, from around 7:33):
A bunch more videos looking at the work of cinematographer Bradford Young: