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Now in any scene, of course you want to light your subject and you also have to light backgrounds, but there's another element that we haven't talked about and that is props. If there isn't light falling on it you're simply not going to see it. Often times there's things in a scene over a subject's shoulder or other things in the background, that if we want to draw attention to, we have to put a little bit of light on em to make them look just right. For example, this coffee cup that's sitting right here to my left has an artificial light source that's shining on it, that's giving it much more definition.
That's making it pop out in this scene right now. And it's also helping you to see the steam that's rising off of it. However, if we unplug that light, you can see exactly how we've manipulated this. So this is what the scene would look like naturally. But if I were doing a coffee commercial. If I were just doing a narrative scene where that was relevant and I want the audience to see it and notice it, we have to get some light on it. Similarly, we don't always have to use artificial light but we can look for pockets of natural light. For example, the plant that's just over my shoulder to the right, is just out of the light on the table.
But if I had Gregg just slide that into the light, you can see the incredible difference that it makes with looking at that prop. So again remember, if it's not lit, your audience isn't going to notice it. So if you have special props, or anything you want to draw attention to, nothing draws the audience's attention like light.
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