November 4, 2018

Negative Fill: One Lighting Technique All Cinematographers Should Know

Knowing where to put light is important, but so is knowing where NOT to put light.

Learning where and how to light a scene is essential in cinematography—I mean, many DPs have waxed poetic about how that’s all it is—but that’s only half of the equation; you also need to learn where and how to “unlight” a scene. What the hell am I talking about? Well, in this video, Aputure’s Ted Sim goes over a key lighting technique that addresses this called negative fill that will help you capture more powerfully dramatic images. Check it out below:

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Source: NoFilmSchool