Beyond Three-Point Lighting: Part 02

(Cinematic Lighting Lesson 06)

Summary: In Part 01 we covered side lighting and cross-key lighting as alternatives to using the (overused) three-point lighting method. In Part 02, we’ll show you key-side fill and the “Robert Richardson.”

Length: 5:05 minutes

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Three-point lighting is a great place to start but it isn’t where you should end. In Part 01 we gave you a quick overview of what three-point lighting is and then we showed you cross-key lighting as well as side lighting. In this video, I’m going to give you two more approaches: the key-sde fill and the “Robert Richardson Lighting.”

Key-Side Fill

Key-side fill (LC106)

The key-side fill is one of my personal favorites for lighting a scene for two reasons: it feels more natural than the three-point method and it is easier to employ on set, allowing me to light faster. What’s not to like in a method that gives great results and is fast?

Key-side fill: separate lights, behind the scenes (LC106)

As the name suggests…

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Tools We Used

How To Cinematically Light A Corporate Video (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 20)
How To Light Quickly (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 19)
Lighting For Extreme Frame Rates (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 21)
12 Crucial Questions Before Lighting Your Set (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 15)
3 Strategies For Lighting Your Night Exteriors (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 14)
5 Essential Strategies To Lighting Day Exteriors (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 12)
10 Tips To Lighting Day Exteriors (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 13)
How To Light A Small Commercial (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 23)
Where To Begin Lighting Your Set (Cinematic Lighting Lesson 18)
13 replies
  1. withinadecade
    withinadecade says:

    Hi there, great videos – thanks. Where do you get your large diffusion from?
    What would one be searching for to buy to create the same large source soft light.
    Many thanks


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