Posted by Joe Marine on March 15, 2013 •
(...) "While some of you may be familiar with the finer points of lighting, I think it’s always helpful to get a little bit of a refresher. If you look at Hollywood films, there are various uses of hard lights and soft lights, but most often hard lights are used to fake daylight (since the sun itself is a hard source). There are certainly other instances when a light is left unfiltered and hard, but very often, most lights on a set are going through some sort of diffusion or are being bounced off of a surface — unless, of course, you’re making a film noir, in which case, everything is a hard source with hard shadows."
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