These notes have been collected from a handy book called 'Stage Lighting Design - A Practical Guide' by Neil Fraser. I must buy this for the next semester.
A lighting designer must be able to describe the effect of the light source, where it is coming from and what impact it has upon a performance and scene. It is important to explain why you like the light in a particular way.
Questions you should ask yourself when observing a light source upon an object;
- How many light sources are there?
- What part of the object is the most brightly lit
- Where does the shadows fall?
- Does the light on any object help it to blend in or stand out from the things around it?
- Do you like way the light looks and why?
- Could you move the photographer's viewpoint and feel the light would be more effective?
Lighting designers carry 'real life references in their heads to create a scene to appear more realistic, they have looked and understood in which way light works to illuminate different situations. This sells dramatic messages using the light within a performance.
In reference to lighting the face, the questions that you have to ask are;
- What colour is the light?, describe it
- Can you draw an arrow from outside the picture indicating the light source(s)?
- Is there more than one light source? indicate the brightest light
- Does the Light create any interesting effect?
- Is the background to the face important? - is it lit darker or lighter?
- Does it help the figure to stand out or blend in?