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Video Lighting: A Crash Course Be careful, of course: When the light behind the subject is too bright, camcorders respond by dimming the entire picture, as described on page 26. · In professional flm and video, technicians sometimes set up a fourth light: the background light, which is pointed at the background to make it easier to see (es- pecially in very dark scenes). Figure 2-4: If there's only one source of light in a scene--which may often be the case when you're making home movies--it's called the key light. The fll light usually goes right next to the camera. The backlight helps to dif- ferentiate the subject from its background. (It also enhances the effect of smoke, haze, rain, and other atmospherics.) Backlight Subject Fill light Key light