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Term: Key Light

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The key light is the brightest and the first light set in each shot and is the main part of the basic lighting arrangement known as three-point lighting. The key light is the most directional of the three lights, and as such, strongly directs the viewer’s attention. When used on its own, it also casts the strongest shadows. For related information, read the entries concerning three-point lighting, fill light and backlight.

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