In Utilizing Hard & Soft Light, Mark demonstrates the relative cosmetic results of usinc Soft Liht on faces verses Hard Light. He also shows the cost in light level of diffusing and softening light.
- In the golden age of Hollywood it took…a lot of light just to expose the film.…Many scenes were lit with hard light by necessity.…It could look beautiful but it was very unforgiving.…It had to be coming from exactly the right angle.…The hard shadows needed to be filled…and the actors had to hit their marks perfectly.…But if we light a face with soft light,…the larger source wraps around more,…filling in the shadows and hiding the imperfections.…Here Mariana is lit with…a hard key light from a fresnel light.…Normally we'd have it up higher…but it's fine for our demonstration.…
It's pretty harsh but at least it's coming…from a pretty flattering angle.…It's in the direction she's facing…from a bit above her eyeline.…As we move the light around to her side,…you can see how it changes.…Crossing her face like this it ends up missing…a lot of her face and making a pretty dramatic shadow.…Let's bring it back to the front.…Alright, now we can soften this light…by clipping some diffusion material right to the barn doors.…
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