This is how you should use handy light sources for your next project

Adding more lights to a location can make the lighting look unnatural. How to avoid this problem.

Lighting can make or destroy a movie. Every filmmaker should know how to light a scene to make the room appear bright or to accentuate the mood of the project. Sometimes the unfortunate event of over or under lighting can make the entire project look flat and interesting.

To avoid this, we have some tips for you so that you can perfectly illuminate every room you use for your project. Danny Gevirtz understands the struggle of not knowing how to light a room or just not getting the right lighting. In his video he explains how to use natural light and how to illuminate a room in the best possible way.

Check out Danny GevirtzSee the full video here, then take a look at five tips to help you light up any room naturally.

Motivate the natural light source.

What are the most important light sources available at the location? Where does the light come from without touching the set? Is it skylights, a lamp, a window in the background? Wherever the natural light source is coming from should be the motivation for where to place other lights to enhance the space.

Building with a natural light source will make your additional lighting look more natural.

Use the main light source as a backlight.

Place the natural or added light source behind the subject. Using the main light source as a backlight gives shape to the subject and adds depth to the image. The depth created in the shot gives a two-dimensional image a three-dimensional feel.

Bright rooms, no faces.

When you get to a location, make sure to set up a wide angle view first. The wide angle view shows you exactly where the lighting needs to be for the scene. All you have to do to set up the tight shots is turn on the lights to make the face stand out. The initial lighting setting in the wide angle shot determines what the lighting will look like for the rest of the scene.

Illuminate a night scene with a practical light.

Many night shots use handy lights – lamps, street lamps, neon signs – to light up the scene. These lights act as the main source for the wide angle shot, and another light such as an Aputure Light Storm that is gelled to the temperature of the practical light can improve the lighting for the close shots.

Motivate some moonlight for your night shot.

To add depth to a night shot from within, try creating moonlight outside the window using a Forza 500 on a C-stand pointed at an upward angle to the window.

Moonlight can also be created by placing an LED light in a hallway to act as moonlight streaming through a window. By removing the darkness of a pitch black window or area, you add depth and contrast to the warm practical lights in the scene.

Remember to keep the feeling of space as natural as possible. When you’re shooting a project based on reality, you’re playing with the elements life has already given you to make the scene look as natural as possible. If the lighting feels wrong and looks insincere, the audience will know.

Do you have any other lighting tips to help out young filmmakers? Let us know in the comments below!

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