Lighting is one of the most important elements of filmmaking, which is why it’s important to understand its basic concepts.
If you’re new to cinematography, or even filmmaking altogether, you’ll quickly learn that good lighting is critical for not only making your projects look professional and cinematic, but for telling dynamic, emotional stories as well. If you’re ready to begin learning the fundamentals of lighting, namely the «quality» of your light, RocketJump Film School breaks it down in the video below.
The term «quality» when talking about a light source is quite misleading since it has nothing to do with how good or bad the light is. Instead, «quality» refers to how light «behaves»—what effect it has on your subject and its surroundings, how it interacts with objects around it.
One key concept of light quality is «hard» and «soft» light. Here are some basic qualities and applications of both: