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#1 Kevin Bridge

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:22 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm an aspiring DP, However I'm still trying to figure out the basics of lighting. One question I have is, when shooting a scene should you have one set up and keep it for the rest of the scene? Or should most of your lights move depending on the framing, and subject of the frame?

For instance, in my master shot I have a wide frame, So I light accordingly keeping lights out of frame, but for closer dialogue shots; can I change up my lighting scheme and bring lights closer in, and possibly add lights that weren't there?

Thanks for your help, and time

Kevin
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:27 PM

You can. The general rule is to keep the same feeling and directionality of light from your wides, but this is not a hard and fast rule, of course. DoPs move ligthts after a master all the time; 'cept when you don't have to.
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

This generalises to just being a question about continuity.

Next time you watch CSI, with a bucket under each ear to catch your brain as it trickles slowly out, watch to see how many people have the sun behind them. Even when they're facing one another.
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#4 Chris Millar

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:27 PM

There are very strict rules regarding this.

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