Fill light is probably one of the first things you learn when shooting in a studio or taking outdoor portraits, but many people aren’t aware of the reversed method – negative lighting.
As the name suggests, this method is used to subtract unwanted light and increase contrast.
In this 6-minute tutorial, Indie Cinema Academy explains what negative fill light is, how you go about using this method and why you’d even want to. The video provides examples of using negative fill and offers side-by-side comparisons, making it very useful and a great way to learn.
As you can see in the video, this is a cheap and easy solution to get richer blacks, avoid unwanted light and prevent colored shadows.
Despite the low cost of buying negative fill tools, and it being even cheaper to rent them, Indie Cinema Academy also discuss DIY solutions such as using a dark coat or a large piece of felt.
This tool might not be a game changer, but it’s small improvements like this that will help you enhance your skills and ultimately have a better understanding and control over your light.
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