Lighting

Three Point Lighting:



A "Three point lighting system" consists of:
The KEY LIGHT
  • Illuminates from the upper front - typically just off to one side to keep the subject from appearing "washed out" in light
  • A FLASH on you camera can act as a key light, but it's hard to control - studios may alter or turn off the camera's flash

The FILL LIGHT
  • Is softer, and gently "fills in" shadows made by the key light
  • May be angled from beneath the subject

The BACK LIGHT
  • Better Illuminates hair and clothing to distinguish it from your background

See if you can figure out which is which by clicking them in the illustration at left

TIPS
Stand away from the background or wall to minimize shadows