dedolight Lightstream
Aspects of reflected light in its purity
dedolight Lightstream
dedolight Lightstream
Aspects of reflected light in its purity
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dedolight Lightstream & Eflect
The new tools, parallel beam light fixtures and highly developed optical systems

Introduction

The ‚dedolight Lightstream’ should not be regarded as a general lighting tutorial. Here we will mainly concentrate on various aspects of reflected light. We are well aware that light and lighting is a vast subject with an incredible variety of aspects about the character of light. There is unnoticeable natural light, there is unnoticeably created light. There is unnoticeable light with subtle accents, guiding the attention. Such lighting can serve as an element of image composition. Then we have the many characters of noticeable lighting, as gentle as the autumn light in Paris, which makes women all look like they have been painted by Renoir. All the way from this wonderful, gentle, amiable light character that makes people glow, to the dramatic light characters as you find them in Caravaggio and El Greco. Yes, we all know that lighting and the art of lighting should not be regarded as a value on its own. The most important is the story that we need to tell and what style we choose. And from this vast field of many subjects, here we are mainly talking about aspects of reflected light in its purity, and mixed with other lighting instruments and characters. Here we want to talk about the tools, the physics and practices; and hopefully we will be able to give some valuable explanations and hints.

 

Reflected Light

Everyone of us has used reflected light in our profession, be it cinematography or other approaches to image creation. 

Reflected light can provide a multitude of characters, many of which are not achievable by any method of direct lighting. 

Hard reflection can have a very special character. Sometimes, this could be interpreted as simply redirecting the light, where, at the same time we are creating a virtual light source at considerable distance from the object being lit. 

Hard reflected light very often is also polarized light, providing a different surface texture, different impressions. Gentler reflections can show a great variety of spreading of the reflected light. In all of these, it is important to consider the area, from which the light is being reflected. Small area reflections may still provide harder light and harder shadows. Larger reflective areas will produce gentler transitions between light and shadow.

Reflective surfaces vary in the degree of reflectivity: All together reflective surfaces provide a rich choice and an incredible variety of influencers for the character of light used. 

Colored reflective surfaces may add qualities of their own in an incredible variety from the shiny gold reflector, used to produce warm and pleasant skin tones, to warm-colored wooden surfaces, adding subtle hues of warmth to the image and skin tones.

In combination with narrow-beam light fixtures or parallel beam light fixtures it is possible to transport tremendous intensity of light over a considerable distance.

Combining such light fixtures with the use of reflective surfaces can be used to redirect light, but can also be used in many different ways, and can add to an incredible variety of creative tools and practices.

 
photo from Sylwester Adamski, Poland 
photo from Sylwester Adamski, Poland
photo from Sylwester Adamski, Poland
photo from Sylwester Adamski, Poland