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Beyond three-point lighting

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Lighting

Where in the world do you find a real-life situation where three-point lighting actually exists? Outdoors during the day there’s only one source of light, the sun. Indoor rooms are most often lit by multiple sources that create soft generalized lighting, such as florescents, or by fixtures that light specific areas, such as spot lights on tracks. When I light something or someone, I am trying to imitate light as I might envision it would fall naturally in the same setting. I am also trying to add a bit of light to a person or thing in order to enhance a two-dimensional video format. This is done through modeling of the light on the subject. I don’t believe that lighting should completely change things but merely enhance things; simpler is better.

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