Practicals: Lighting On Set

Zack Gross

Lighting can be a daunting subject once you come to realize a film or video’s look is almost entirely based on how it’s lit. And knowing what type of light would be good for a particular situation is difficult to judge, even for an experienced DP, unless you have access to the location and know your setup before the shoot. So, while practice does make (occasionally) perfect, I definitely recommend opening up a lighting textbook or internet browser in the beginning and familiarizing yourself with the different types of lights used in film and video.