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Vue Lighting Rig #7: Two Spots 45 Degrees From the Side

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Last week’s theatrical lighting rig for Vue, Two Spots Slightly to the Side, placed two lights at steep angles to either side of the actor. This week’s rig is very similar except the lights have moved out so they are now at roughly forty five degrees.

As the light now comes from an increasingly lower angle the shadow cast on the stage lengthens and a larger corridor is selected across the stage. There is now a greater chance of light falling on scenery. More of the face is now lit with more light reaching the eyes, mouth and teeth.

A variety of similar effects can be achieved using a pair of lights angled at between thirty and sixty degrees. As the angle lowers more light reaches the eyes past the eyebrows and the shadow under the nose lightens too. One shortcoming of this rig is the tendency for a dark central line to appear down an actor’s face where the lights meet. There is also the obvious shortcoming, as with last weeks rig, that two lights produce two shadows.

All of the above images were made using Poser 7 and Vue 6 Infinite. They could have been made using any version of Vue 6 including Vue 6 Pro or Vue 6 Easel and Poser 4, 5 or 6.

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