Key Lighting Techniques for Drama Based Cinematography

5/02/2017 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Key lighting techniques with dedolight Panaura soft light

Tim Palmer, Director of Photography, demonstrates key lighting techniques used in drama based cinematography. Tim shows how to use controlled soft light effectively, how to light an entire room full of people while retaining the natural look - to light without the lighting being seen, and how to create a sparkle in the eye, to bring life to the eyes and face, and to complement the performance of the actor.


In this practical demonstration Tim shows how he uses Dedo Panaura domes suspended from above, to creative a beautiful soft light, along with precision lighting for eye reflexes.

Equipment used: dedolight PanAura, dedolight DLED4, Dedo DPEYE filters.


Continuation of the practical demonstration.


Check out more about Tim Palmer and examples of his work at: timpalmerdp.com


About Tim Palmer:


Tim discovered an interest in photography while reading history at the University of California, Berkeley. After gaining a degree in 1986 he returned to England to pursue a career in photography. In 2010 Tim was director of photography on ‘The Road to Coronation Street’, the first mainstream British television drama to be shot entirely on the Canon 5D Mark 2 digital SLR camera. In 2013 Tim was elected a member of the British Society of Cinematographers. He went on to photograph the television adaptation of Kate Summerscale’s best selling novel ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’, his work on which received a nomination for best cinematography at the 2013 Royal Television Society awards. Let's Get Connected: timpalmerdp.com


Text, image and video via dedolight Online and Rick Young


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