Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality and Theory

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  24 Minutes of Instructional Video, In depth Written Breakdown, Top Down Lighting Schematics and Side by Side quality comparisons    –Supplied w/Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This is Part 1 of a 6 Part Series on Bounce light, where we go into 22 different bounce materials.  We show side by sides so you can really see the color difference and the quality difference of each one.  Have you ever used Bleached Muslin or Grifflon as a bounce source?  Have you ever compared the quality of Foam core to Bead board?  Welcome to the Hurlbut Academy where we do the tests that no one ever has time for and we do it so you can perfect your craft.  What is Bounce Light?  Why does it seem to be so popular in Cinema Lighting?  In this lesson I break down bounce theory, the differences between reflective materials, what quality are you looking for as well as side by side comparisons so you can really see the difference.  You can immediately put these technique into practice and take your lighting to a whole other level.

  • Circle Bounce vs. Square Bounce
  • The quality of light that a bounce emits.
  • The different types of bounces that are out there.
  • How to customize your bead board bounce for your applications.
  • The different cuts of bounces out there.
  • The theory and execution behind the bounce.
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Mintesinot 13 days ago

And also i want to talk with you personally. on what platform(social media) i can contact you directly?

Mintesinot 13 days ago

Hey Shane AKA the best Cinematographer! Once again thank you for the enlightenment on quality of light. but the one question i got here is, you have said we can use the square bounce if we want to mimic a window light in reality motivation. what can we mimic with round bounce in reality else from it can go along with the contour of the pupil?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    11 days ago

      @Mintesinot Hi Mintesinot, It is a more pleasing highlight in the pupil, so that is why we do it as photographers and cinematographers. What looks good, looks good. Just like I back light most of my day exteriors, even though I turn 360 degrees in my coverage they are back lit no matter what direction I shoot, I plan it out to do just that. Check this out: