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Video Shooter, 3rd Edition by Barry Braverman

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CHAPTER

Making Light of Your Story

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When we put a frame around the world, we consciously exclude what is not helpful to the visual story. When we choose to de-emphasize an object in a composition or place certain elements out of focus, we are helping the viewer understand what is important to the story and what is less so. Proper lighting craft means applying the same principles. We direct light onto objects that advance the visual story and exclude light from elements that detract from it.

Fundamentally, lighting is the practice of exclusion—remember our mantra: Exclude! Exclude! Exclude! It is integral to our lighting craft because so much time and effort is expended modifying, controlling, and otherwise removing light from a scene. ...

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