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LightA form of radiant energy.
Attached ShadowIs definitely fixed to its object.
Cast ShadowThis shadow always falls on something.
Cast Shadow: Object ConnectedThe shadow is connected to the object.
Cast Shadow: Object DisconnectedThe shadow is no longer attached to the object.
Cast Shadow: IndependentThe shadow is independent of any object. (May not be shown at all)
Fast FalloffThe contrast of light and dark is severe.
Slow FalloffThe transition of light and shadow is gradual.
Elimination of falloffThe whole subject is lit up without any shadows.
High-key LightingThe scene has an abundance of bright, usually slow falloff illumination and a light background.
Low-key LightingSelective, usually leaving the background and surrounding areas dark.
Above Eye-levelThe eyes of the subject or the middle portion of the object.
Below Eye-levelThe attached shadows reverse vertically and are exactly opposite their expected positions.
Predictive LightingA sign of a coming event using lighting techniques.
Dramatic AgentAn element that operates as an aesthetic intensifier in a scene.
Triangle LightingThe triangular arrangement of key, back, and fill lights, with the back light opposite the camera and directly behind the object , and the key and fill lights on opposite sides of the camera and to the front and the side of the object.
Key LightPrinciple source of illumination.
Back LightSeparates the figure from the background and provides sparkle.
Fill LightControls falloff.
Side LightComes from the side of the object, acting as an additional fill light and providing contour.
The KickerComes from the back, is usually from below and off to one side.
Background LightIlluminates the background, which can be the actual set of an interior or some kind of backdrop.
Chiaroscuro LightingLighting for fast falloff and for light/dark contrast. (Exaggerated candle light)
Cameo LightingIlluminates the foreground figures while leaving the background totally dark.
Flat LightingUses highly diffused light that seems to come from all directions.
Silhouette LightingThe background is lit up not the figure.
ColorThe property of light, not objects or liquids.
Color PerceptionThe object reflects parts of the light spectrum and absorbs the rest. The reflected light is focused by the lens of the eye onto the retina.
HueHue describes the color itself. Red, blue, green, and yellow are hues.
High and Low SaturationSaturation describes the color richness.
BrightnessThe brightness of a color depends on how much light it reflects. Brightness is called lightness when it refers to how bright we perceive an object to be.
Additive Primary ColorsRed, green, and blue.
Subtractive Primary ColorsCyan, Magenta, and yellow.
Additive Color MixingYou can produce a great number of different hues.
Subtractive Color MixingThey swallow one another's light until no light is passed.
High & Low-energy Color DistributionSets off a high-energy color against a low-energy background.
Color DistortionWith high-contrast lighting, it heightens its dramatic impact.
SaturationThe relative strength or purity of a color.
AchromaticWhite, gray, and black.



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