Mark shows how to control shadows and the level of contrast in a shot by adding fill light to literally fill in the shadows. By controlling the fill level, we can control the mood of a scene.
- As we discussed earlier, fill light…is the light that fills the shadows.…Like key light and back light, it's not a kind of a light…fixture, but rather a job that a light does.…The less fill light you have, the darker your shadows are…and the more contrast your image has.…Not enough fill light can be unflattering or overdramatic,…but too much fill light can flatten out your subject,…and nobody wants that.…Often in a real world situation, there's plenty…of fill light just from the ambient light…that's bouncing around the room.…But if you need to add a light to fill the shadows,…it should be a relatively soft light…coming from right above the camera…so the shadows fall behind the subject.…
And it should be a light you can control…with scrims or diffusion or a dimmer…so you can adjust the fill level to taste.…You just want to lighten the dark…shadows cast by the key light.…You don't want to overwhelm…the modeling the key light is doing.…Now, and I've set up here, we have Mariana…in her spot being lit by a beautiful three quarter…
In this course, Mark W. Gray teaches the fundamentals of portrait lighting, including standard three-point lighting setups, how to light for specific subjects, and how to deal with the challenges of location shooting. He shows you the effect of big and small lighting changes, including angle, intensity, and color temperature. He discusses the various types of lighting equipment available, providing both professional options and affordable options. Mark also demonstrates how to go beyond the standard setup to achieve a variety of outcomes.
- Lighting fundamentals including shape, quality, color, and direction
- Understanding when to implement specific lighting techniques
- Controlling the quality of light
- The basic 3-point lighting setup
- Shooting outdoors and controlling sunlight
- Understanding color temperature and making correct color choices
- Finding budget-friendly lighting solutions
- Staging your shots for maximum quality and minimum effort