What is a key lighting system?

What is a key lighting system?

The key light is the first and usually most important light that a photographer, cinematographer, lighting cameraman, or other scene composer will use in a lighting setup. Many key lights may be placed in a scene to illuminate a moving subject at opportune moments.

What can you use for key lights?

So, what kind of light source should you use for high key photography? Usually, you’ll want to choose a larger, diffuse source, such as a large softbox or umbrella, and to place it at least 5 feet away from your subject. That way, you’re minimizing shadows and creating even light over your scene.

What are the types of key lights?

The key light is most often placed in front of your subject, at an angle, and thus illuminates one section of your subject. Whether or not the scene utilizes low-key, medium-key, or high-key lighting is based on the use of fill lights or reflectors to expose a subject’s shadow side or side not exposed by the key light.

How high should your key light be?

30-degree angle
The most common vertical position for the key light is at a 30-degree angle, slightly above the eye line, but cinematographers place the key light higher or lower to produce different effects. Natural or ambient light is normally overhead, so when positioned low, the key light appears to distort the actor’s features.

Is key light the brightest?

Key light. This is the primary and brightest light source in the three-point lighting setup. It gives a scene its overall exposure. The primary light creates the mood of a scene.

Do I need 2 key lights?

You need two lights so you can be evenly lit. Even if you want one brighter than the other for a cinematic effect, one light source just won’t fill on your whole shot. At the time of my purchase, buying two Key Lights was $400.

What are 5 basic lighting terms?

5 Basic Lighting Terms You Need to Know

  • WATTAGE. Wattage (W) measures the use of power.
  • LUMENS. Lumens (LM) is what measures your fixture’s brightness capacity.
  • CRI. Color-Rendering Index (CRI) is the valuation of a color’s appearance under a light source, as opposed to natural light.


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