Mark shows the Importance of Eye Light, that sparkle in the eyes, that makes a person's face come alive on film.
- One important thing to always look for…when lighting someone's face is…whether the light is getting into their eyes.…That bright little sparkle you see in the pupil…of someone's eye is known as the eye light.…Here we've set up a situation…you might encounter on location.…Mariana is lit by soft, fluorescent lights…from above like you might encounter in a mall…or a department store or an office.…We can see her, but there's no light going into her eyes,…and it's that tiny sparkle that connects the subject…with the viewer, and what makes someone's image come alive.…
She's got plenty of illumination to be photographed,…but just no eye light.…But if we add this little tiny light right near the camera,…it's not even enough to really change the character…of the light on her face, but it reflects in her eyes…and it makes her face come alive.…You see?…This is eye light,…no eye light.…Eye light,…no eye light.…Once I shot a movie for the Disney channel about…a couple of kids who befriend a mummy,…and the mummy makeup was very thick,…
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