13 Film Lighting Techniques Every Filmmaker Should Know

By No Film School on nofilmschool.com

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This article is about 13 different film lighting techniques, including natural lighting, key lighting, high key lighting, low key lighting, fill lighting, the three-point lighting setup, backlighting, practical light, hard lighting, soft light, bounce lighting, side lighting or chiaroscuro lighting, motivated lighting, and ambient light. Each technique is broken down into a summary of how to use it, and examples are provided of when and how each technique has been used in film. The article also provides suggestions for further reading and learning about lighting.