Chapter 6: Lighting



After reading this chapter, you should know . . .

  • The difference between incident and reflected light.
  • General illumination principles, such as intensity, contrast ratio, and color temperature.
  • How and when to use a light meter and monitors.
  • How to accomplish creative lighting objectives, such as shape, reality, mood, and focus of attention.
  • The different types of lamps used in lighting instruments, such as LEDs, high-frequency fluorescents, quartz, and HMIs.
  • The differences in the housing elements of spotlights and floodlights.
  • The key, fill, and back lights needed for three-point lighting and their approximate ratios.
  • Principles for multi-camera with movement, flat, and high-definition lighting.
  • Specialized lighting, such as cameo, silhouette, chroma key, and shadows.
  • How to mount lights.
  • Equipment principles used to create intensity, diffusion, shape, and color.
  • How and why to use a light plot.
  • How to set up lights.
  • The importance of safety.


Interactive Blueprint

On Set Exercises

Review Exercises

Student Quiz

Key Terms List