1. Establish mood
Practical lighting communicates more than meets the eye. It shows the environments with more intensity and adds mood to your shots. So, use the practicals in your shots to create and enhance the mood you want to achieve.
2. Add depth
Another reason to use practicals is to add depth to your scenes. Using this lighting, you can create the feeling of physical depth and make layers that level up visual interest of the viewers. Practicals open up the space and save it from being visually flat.
3. Shot dynamic
Practicals add a dynamic to your create endless possibilities for activity, change or even surprise.
Practical lighting exists in the real world, just look around you. So, to create a realistic environment in your scenes, you mustn’t forget to incorporate it. In other words, practicals make your lighting design valid.
5. Lens flares
Lens flares add production value to the scenes. Practicals create flares in-frame without digital manipulation or having a studio light in the frame. So, this is another perk of having them in your scenes.
Just like practicals bring realism to your frame, they can also add realistic texture to it. Something as simple as a lampshade can provide texture that will make your frame more lifelike. Don’t be afraid to experiment: you can get creative with them and use all shapes and sizes of practicals, which leads us to the last point.
7. Get creative
When creating the lighting setup, showcase your creativity. Don’t be afraid to take some risks, and don’t just replicate practicals you see in other movies. “Recalculate the formula” and come up with something of your own.