Eyes of Lenses // Edition #4

EOL Title Card This week for Cinematography, the class said hello again to Mike, SIT's residential electrician inspector man, to nail down the key essential basics as to how we should be looking out for electrical requirements and hazards, whilst doing our work. Mike also told us about how power companies are commonly referred to, as the Bloody Theiving Bastards (or something similar).

However, on Tuesday's session - which began the mistery of where Mr. Baikie was, especially when the reputation of The Dynamic Duo™ is successfully built on the basis that both will be there to make the group and provide entertainment/add liveliness to the class - the class learned about the basics to lighting.

Patrick isn't my Dad

What a headline.
But apart from that, this is about the time where I had learned, for the first time (honestly), on how to properly bundle cables. It was a great time, however, I had trouble starting. This is where Patrick came in and guided me on how to do the procedure - step by step.

All I can remember now, as well as the procedure, is the voice of Gillies in the far distance.

"It's so Ease-Z".


Alright. It's 3am - so I'll make this short. We barely managed to look over three-point lighting and how Chiaroscuro - which is the photography lighting technique where Low + High Key Lighting is used to create contrast between key subjects and its environment to have an overall effect on the composition.

To complete this post, here's my notes:

Cinematography — Lighting (pt. 1)

High Key Lighting

  • Bright. Lack of Contrast = Shadows are purposely reduced.

  • Lighting Ratios are small.

  • Genres that are reflective of this type of lighting include Comedy, Musicals.

Low Key Lighting

  • Dark. Lots of Contrast = Shadows are purposely increased.

  • Highlights on actors + certain objects/mise en scene elements

  • Genres that are reflective of this type of lighting include… thriller, horror, documentaries that are going for maximum protentiousness (especially in current craze of docos in cinematic realistic approach).


The use of strong contrasts between light and dark. Associated with Low Key Lighting. Largely used in photography, and affects the entire composition of the image.

Three Point Lighting

  • Key Light -> Primary light source

  • Back/Rim Light -> Separates key subject from the background

  • Fill Light -> Fills in shadows, on face, preventing harsh shadows.

  • Kicker -> Defines the background elements of a scene to further create contrast between background and key subject.

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