Learning to Light

Some time ago I bought this book (Learning to Light, Roger Hicks & Frances Schultz, Collins & Brown, London, 1998) and I’ve been re-reading it in preparation for this course.

There a number of good examples of basic (and a bit more advanced) lighting set ups.It is split into two sections

  • Techniques and Equipment
  • Projects

The individual projects are good to refer to if you are planning a similar lighting set up.

My main learning point is their three basic rules

  1. There should only be one set of shadows and they should all point in the same direction
  2. Wherever possible, the background should be far enough from the subject that it can be lit separately
  3. Whenever a shadow is unavoidable, it should be treated as part of the composition

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