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Create everything with cinematic lighting principles!


When we talk about cinema, Noor gets more respect and closeness. Because this apparently simple tool has all the emotions of the audience in its hands. In cinema, lighting indicates which props or elements of the scene should be seen the most. From what angle does the audience look at the scene? And how should the position of the light be? The difference between characters in a frame depends on the light. With the intensity and color of the light, what kind of feeling we are going to give to the audience, and many other things that you know better if you are a professional videographer?

Many cinematic masterpieces throughout history owe to clever lighting. So proper lighting in the world of cinema is not a joke at all! You might think that a few small mistakes in lighting will not be noticed by the audience. But you will definitely see its effect in the feeling the audience gets from the movie.

All these things and tips that you know better make us think of a basic arrangement and smart equipment for cinema lighting. The equipment you have chosen correctly.

To choose the right equipment, it is better to avoid lighting techniques in the cinema. Because buying light sources depends on the style you want to use the light.

Be sure to read: Making an educational video introducing the best light sources

How to invite light to your movie!?

There are many techniques for cinematic lighting, and in this section we will only mention the basic points. Learning different techniques requires studying well-known film works and your experience. But in the following, we have examined lighting techniques in 3 categories in terms of light source, light direction and light quality.

The fourth factor that is important in lighting is the temperature or color of light, usually warm colors are used to induce a feeling of happiness and cold colors are used to show the atmosphere of tyranny and sadness. Other colored lights can show the secrets and evil of the characters according to the story of the movie.

Lighting in terms of light source types
Key lighting

It is called the main light source during filming. which has the most intense amount of light. Of course, just because it’s called main or key doesn’t mean it always shines directly on your subject. Sometimes it is shown from behind the subject and sometimes from different angles. If you don’t have a reason in terms of ideas, it is better to avoid placing this light next to the camera. Because it creates a flat image.

High key lighting

This type of cinematic lighting is used to reduce shadows and contrast of images. In fact, the intensity of the light source is the same and the image will usually be neutral. Of course, if it is used in an exaggerated way, it evokes sterile spaces like hospitals. They fill this light using backlight and fill light.

Low key lighting

In this lighting, the strongest contrasts are created in the images. To create it, they usually use a light source. This type of lighting tells a secret in its heart and is mysterious!

Fill the light

Fill light or secondary light is used to fill the shadows formed by the main light. In fact, the purpose of this cinematic lighting is to create less contrast on the subject to make the atmosphere a little neutral. This light is less intense than the key light and is used to create soft and beautiful effects.


Lighting in terms of light quality
Hard lighting

Hard light is a direct beam from a natural (sun) or artificial light source. which creates shadows and strong contrasts. Because the lines become sharp and hard, they call it harsh or hard lighting. They usually use this technique to create shadows and draw attention to a particular subject. Of course, it can be controlled with the help of a diffuser.

Soft or diffused light

In this technique, light sources may not even be used. But the lighting is followed in such a way that most of the shadows are removed and the contrast is low. This technique induces a dreamy, magical, and romantic atmosphere. which brings with it the feeling of peace and youth.

Types of cinematic lighting in terms of light direction
Front lighting

In this case, the light source is in front of the subject and shines natural light on it. As a result, the shadows are softened and a particular subject is usually emphasized.

side light

The light source is placed on one of the two sides of the subject. which creates a shadow on the other side of him. This technique is usually used to create a dramatic mood, where the presence of shadows can add a bit of mystery to the scene.


To implement this cinematic lighting, the light source is placed behind the actor or subject, and somehow separates it from the background and gives it depth. This technique is used to show and even introduce new and mysterious characters.

Light from under under light

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