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Chapter 12. Working with Light > Light Source and Direction

Light Source and Direction

Often, when you need to match elements to a source, the steps outlined in Chapter 5, “Color and Light: Adjusting and Matching,” for matching brightness and color are sufficient. In many scenes, however, there is clearly more involved with light than brightness and color. In some cases, the direction of the light plays a role, especially where the quality of the light is hard (direct) rather than soft (diffuse).

There is such a huge variety of light situations possible in a shot, and in an infinite array of combinations, that it becomes difficult to make any broad statements stand up about lighting. This section, however, tries to pin down some general guidelines for manipulating the light situation of your scene.


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