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Old July 17th, 2004, 01:02 PM   #1
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Lighting an anchor set / News room...

Does anyone know the proper way of doing this.... would you use some style of 3 point lighting, or ???
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Old July 19th, 2004, 08:02 PM   #2
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The only studio I've been in recently was channel 7 in San Franciso.

The background has its own lighting and the talent and their desk is lit by 3-4 large softboxes plus hairlights, etc.
The weather station is lit by another set of lights.

3-point lighting is not used because it casts shadows. If you look at a newscast, the lighting tends to be flat on the face of the talent. So they look younger.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 08:15 PM   #3
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Having worked at a large station for years, I Can tell you that most news sets are lit with approximately 20-40 lights. Many soft lights and focusable lights with many different gels on each. The lighting guy is an artist all on his own using a software package to design any changes to the lighting grid.

But, you can achieve a reasonable look with 4-5 lights as most lights on set are "decorating with light".. Using them to create splashes of light in certain patterns on various parts of the set.
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Old July 20th, 2004, 07:27 PM   #4
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Keep it soft and flat, but make sure you "pop" them off the background with some kickers/hair lights.
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