Watch: Simple Techniques for Modifying Light That You Should Know About
Learn how to use light modifiers to achieve dynamic, professional images.
As an indie filmmaker, you may not be able to get your hands on a spendy professional light kits. However, you may not have to if you can get yourself a single source and a range of different modifiers. In this video, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens shows you a bunch of useful techniques for shaping light with relatively inexpensive light modifiers, like Bowen's mount reflectors, grids, and umbrellas. Check it out below:
One of the first things you learn about lighting is the whole 3-point lighting setup, which is a really solid technique but can often be overwhelming for beginners. So, instead of starting out with three lights, start with one and learn how to use modifiers. Not only is this approach more manageable for those who don't have much experience, but it's also simpler, quicker, and cheaper way to learn the art of shaping light.
And if you're really strapped for cash, know that you don't necessarily need to use professional light modifiers. There are tons of ways to build/make your own reflectors, grids, and diffusers out of cheap or free household items, like beadboard, shower curtains, and regular old cardboard. It's the perfect chance for any filmmaker to get creative as they problem solve!