Get to Know Three Point Lighting: Hands-on Learning Exercise

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      New to three-point lighting? Start here.

      Assignment:
      Practice setting three-point lighting in different rooms of your house. Work with the benefits and drawbacks of each location — do a setup that involves window light and then do one in a room without windows. Try three point lighting on objects as well as people — how does the light differ when used on something smooth, like a basketball, or made up of complex lines, like a bicycle?

      Deconstruct lighting when watching television. Look for three-point lighting — particularly in interviews — and follow the shadows back to the source. Are the lights above or parallel to the subject? How often is natural light a component? Pay special attention to the kicker. How bright is it? Is there good definition between the subject and the background?

      Share your results and observations below.

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