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Chapter 3. Guerilla Lighting > Flat Lighting—The Reality of Lighting

Flat Lighting—The Reality of Lighting

Open any book or article on lighting and you’ll see a chapter or section on three-point lighting, usually identifying this technique as optimal, if not the be-all and end-all of professional lighting. However, there’s one dark secret about three-point lighting that few sources reveal: most television programs don’t use it.

Why? The reasons are plentiful. Three-point lighting usually requires high-powered incandescent lamps that consume capacious quantities of electricity, produce massive heat, and are tough on the subject’s eyes. Three-point lighting is also very difficult to pull off when you have multiple subjects on screen simultaneously—especially if they’re moving around.


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