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#1 dbledwn11

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 05:18 PM

I often hear of lighting that is 3/4's or a 1/4 frontal, sometimes back etc. - originally I thought this was to do with distance of the key light, but I suspect now it has more to do with how much of the subject is lit - is this right?
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#2 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 05:47 PM

It's the direction of light. Frontal light comes from in front of the subject, lateral light comes from the side, 3/4 is in beetween the 2 and backlight is from behind. (if you consider the subject is facing toward the camera, it's easier to understand)
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Posted 15 November 2005 - 05:51 PM

thanks for the quick response laurent - always there when needed.
i know the question is a fairly basic one but sometimes you find yourself doubting even the simplest of things.

thanks again.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 06:28 PM

3/4 frontal means simply that 1/4 is in shadow and 3/4's of the face is lit.
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#5 Peter J DeCrescenzo

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 10:33 PM

3/4 frontal means simply that 1/4 is in shadow and 3/4's of the face is lit.


Like this?
Lynn_Twist.jpg

(That's Lynn Twist speaking at the Green Festival in San Francisco earlier this month, shot with my DSR-450WSL camcorder in 60i 16:9 mode. The lighting was provided by the venue.)
http://www.greenfest....php?bioid=1612

All the best,

- Peter DeCrescenzo
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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 01:58 AM

Yes, although once you move to the side, it gets confusing since in this case, only about half the face facing the camera is in the key light, even though 3/4's of it is lit if you looked at the face dead-on.
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#7 dbledwn11

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 11:28 AM

many thanks all. and yes i see what you mean David about about shooting from the side and only being able to see 1/2 the face anyway. all good.
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