Just as there is the countless number of emotions, so there are Lighting Styles suitable for their
expression. Before engaging in the creation of styles in lighting, it is appropriate to grasp the
understanding of fundamental properties of light such as Light Quality, Light Color, and Light Direction.
Understanding of light comes from observing and contemplating its phenomenon in nature.
Seeing and understanding reasons for light changes throughout the day helps in trying to recreate
some of its nuances on stage. The process of lighting is rarely about recreating reality.
The subjectivity of interpretation is the element that makes the process very exciting.
Light is around us and has been for billions of years. Those who tune-in are rewarded with a perpetual
Light Show in Motion, where not a single moment is ever the same – Panta Rhei.
After all, all that we do on stages, in studios, and on locations are but infantile approaches to simulating
something that flickers out there from the beginning of Time.
In cinematography, main light attributes are Light Quality, Light Ambiance, Light Direction, and Color.
From the perspective of cinematic lighting, few aspects of light are detrimental in the creation of Cinematic Mood and Cinematic
Lighting Style. Light Quality, Light Direction, Light Intensity, and Light Color are the building blocks of any lighting expression. Within
any Lighting Mood, there can be a Lighting Style. The degree of drama within a Lighting Mood is created by fluctuating the contrast
ratio between the value of Ambiance and the value of Key Light. Lighting style is determined mainly by direction of the Key Light and
the type of Lighting Setup – Broad versus Narrow Lighting Setup.