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Old August 21st, 2005, 10:22 PM   #1
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Three point lighting

I'm looking to purchase a set of lights for a three point lighting setup for interviews.

I'm on a tight budget, and would like to know the best deal i can get for my money.

What kind of lights should i get for the key, fill, and back lights? Also, what stands, diffusers, umbrellas, or other accessories would i need to assemble a good lighting setup at a reasonable cost?
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Old August 21st, 2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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Do a search on Britek lights kits and JTL. I personally use a Britek light kit and I am pretty happy with it, espescially for under 500$.

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Old August 22nd, 2005, 01:27 AM   #3
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Jean-Philippe, how do you arange your kit when doing one person interviews?
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 02:37 PM   #4
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Not Jean Phillippe. But I am a lighting guy from way back. Simple 3 point lighting is a Key light placed slightly to one side of the lens, a fill light off to the other side and a back light to highlight hair and shoulders. Basic ratio is that the fill and back light should be about 1/2 as bright as the Key. This doesn't mean that if you are using a 1000 watt key, the fill and back should be 500 watts. But that by distance, spread, and/or diffusion you should make it half as bright.

Bottom line is that you do what it takes to make a good looking picture. And shadows are not your enemy, they are your friend. Shadows are what make a picture look interesting, lack of shadows looks bland. Lighting director is a misnomer, they should be called shadow directors, because that is what you want to control.
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