How To Use The "Cove" Light For Natural Looking Cinematic Lighting

7/11/2020 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments



So this is a technique you sometimes see Roger Deakins using in his work - the "cove" of lighting around your subject, allows you to light for a natural looking, graduated fall off of light on the face.



The versatility of the setup allows you to tweak the power levels of each bounced light to easily adjust your contrast ratios on the subject, allowing for moodier, darker looks, or softer, brighter looks. You have a big soft light in your scene, without needing the extra room or expenses to shoot super powerful lights through huge pieces of diffusion. A very useful technique!

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 I’m a cinematographer from the South West of England, UK, specialising in professional, cinematic video. I love producing unconventional, creative work and my efforts range from music videos, to short film, to promotional content for shops and companies.. Let's Get Connected: www.robelliscinematography.com | Facebook | Instagram


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