Film Stills: Professor Stark Picks

 Low-Key Lighting:  No Country for Old Men  (2007) Roger Deakins Cinematographer

Low-Key Lighting: No Country for Old Men (2007) Roger Deakins Cinematographer

 High-Key Lighting  Creed  2015 Maryse Alberti  Link to article about the cinematographer

High-Key Lighting Creed 2015 Maryse Alberti Link to article about the cinematographer

 High-Key Lighting:  Revolutionary Road  2008 Roger Deakins

High-Key Lighting: Revolutionary Road 2008 Roger Deakins

 Low Key Lighting: Moonlight (2016) James Laxton DP  Link to article about the cinematographer

Low Key Lighting: Moonlight (2016) James Laxton DP Link to article about the cinematographer

  Low Key Lighting: Zodiac (2007) Cinematographer: Harris Savides. This still is the most like my approach to lighting, because use the  practical lights  (lights already at a location) and build from those. In this situation I'd use the overhead lights and add to them with controlled diffuse light, to increase the power of the source and control some unwanted shadows.  Link to article about the cinematographer.

 Low Key Lighting: Zodiac (2007) Cinematographer: Harris Savides. This still is the most like my approach to lighting, because use the practical lights (lights already at a location) and build from those. In this situation I'd use the overhead lights and add to them with controlled diffuse light, to increase the power of the source and control some unwanted shadows. Link to article about the cinematographer.

 High Key Lighting  Zodiac (2007) Cinematographer: Harris Savides. Very similar approach here except the light is soft and is meant to look like fluorescents coming from the ceiling. (likely real fluorescents were not used, because they flicker)

High Key Lighting  Zodiac (2007) Cinematographer: Harris Savides. Very similar approach here except the light is soft and is meant to look like fluorescents coming from the ceiling. (likely real fluorescents were not used, because they flicker)

Just one more note about lighting. Many times the "textbook" approach to lighting people focuses primarily on caucasian skin. Let's just say that there isn't as much diversity in Hollywood films as you find here at Sacramento State. Things are changing slowly and more people are taking the effort to light darker skin tones effectively.

Please read the following article about Ava Berkofsky the cinematographer for Insecure Link to Article

Also watch the second video on this blog Link to Blog