Film Lighting Tutorial: Qualities of Light

The understanding of light is the most fundamental skill in cinematography. In this 3 minute film lighting tutorial video, watch and learn about the two basic types of light used in filmmaking and photography; hard and soft. Hard light creates a sharp solid shadow; while soft light creates a rounded gradient shadow. We break down these concepts and show you how to harness their power to improve your lighting.

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6 Responses to “Film Lighting Tutorial: Qualities of Light”

  1. Drew Pientka on March 13th, 2013 1:24 pm

    That was fantastic.

  2. Mandy Rogers on March 14th, 2013 9:36 am

    Thanks Drew! We hope to be producing more content like this in the near future!

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    Good job. Well done.

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