“Ultimately, a cinematic image is one that guides your eye towards the most important part. Cinematic lighting can take many forms, but the main purpose is to use lighting to guide your viewer’s eye to the most important part of the frame. More often than not that is the subject’s face. Using the techniques explained in this video, including contrast ratio, color contrast, and background separation, will help you guide your viewer’s eyes and tell your story better. After all, cinematic lighting is storytelling lighting.”
In the below step-by-step video from the Aputure YouTube channel, director of photography Michelle Kwong discusses contrast ratio, color contrast and background separation, demonstrating how to create cinematic lighting using both high-end and low-end lights:
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