The Different Effects of Scene Lights

Scene lights are a great way to add a variety of different lighting effects to your scenes. They are often used to highlight shadows and falloff, or just to add drama to your shots.

The light you use can make or break your scene. There are many factors to consider when deciding on the right light for your needs.


Brightness is the measurement of luminous flux from a light source. While lumens are typically the measure of brightness, it is also important to consider the power consumption (watts) of the lighting source.

Today’s LED lights use up to 95% less energy to produce a similar amount of luminous flux, meaning we no longer need to reference lumens to describe how bright a light source is. Instead, we need to be more precise about the brightness of a light and use it to better determine the quality of the image produced.

Historically, the best way to achieve this was through the use of a dimmer switch or some other control. While these are still useful in the context of scene lighting, they are not the only ways to adjust a light’s intensity.

To be sure that you are getting the most out of your scene lighting, you must understand how it all works. In addition to adjusting the brightness of your lights, you need to know what other factors influence their outputs, such as their correlated color temperatures and surface reflectances.

The key to good scene lighting is knowing how to blend these elements together to create an image that looks like it was shot in a controlled environment and not the real thing. This is a challenging but rewarding task, and it can take some practice to master.

The best way to do this is by using a combination of lighting controls, such as the brightness control and the parameter dials found in the Parameters palette. You can even use the ‘Fade’ feature to fade your lights from one brightness level to another in a controlled fashion.


The direction of your scene lights will affect how your objects look in 3D. It will also help you create the mood and emotions of your scenes. This can be done by adjusting the intensity of the lights, as well as playing with their position and angle.

In Blender, there are two types of lighting: direct and ambient. The direct lights simulate light that comes from far away, like the sun. They are great for outdoor scenes and for lighting a character’s face in a interior level.

These lights are also useful for achieving the effect of a bright sunset or sunrise. However, these lights don’t cast shadows as well as direct lights.

Ambient lights, on the other hand, affect all objects in your scene. You can also use them to illuminate objects inside a room without casting shadows.

When setting up a light, you can adjust the direction, the intensity, and the color as needed. You can also change its size and shape, as well as the softness of the edges.

Another important part of lighting is contrast. The more contrast a scene has, the more dramatic the effect will be. This can be accomplished by balancing the intensity of the key light and the fill lights.

A common method for balancing this is to set the key light to be slightly brighter than the fill lights. This creates a key / fill ratio that will give the scene a high contrast.

Generally speaking, it is best to work on the lights one at a time, scene lights as opposed to all at once. This will give you a chance to see how the lights influence each other, and then to change them accordingly.


The intensity of the lights in a scene plays an important role in the overall look and feel of the production. This is especially true in a theatrical setting where the lights are used to convey information, establish time and place, or influence mood.

Lighting intensity can be measured by a light meter, which is an instrument that measures the amount of light emitted from a particular source. Its measurements are called luminous flux, or the number of lumens a light source emits per one-meter square surface area (lux).

Intensity is also a key factor in controlling the movement of the lights during a scene. Designers often use dimmers to control the shift of lights as actors change position on stage or the play changes its mood.

When you have multiple lights in a scene, it is very important that they all look similar and uniform. This will ensure that the actors are not surprised by dips or bumps in intensity as they move from one light to another.

Another way to achieve consistent lighting intensity is by using scrims, which resemble a frame of finely woven screen wire. These can be placed over a light and cut 30- to 60-percent of its intensity without changing its color temperature.

The intensity of the lights in a scene can also be controlled by the distance scene lights that they are from the subject. The inverse-square law of physics states that the farther a light is from a subject, the weaker it becomes. This is why you often see different levels of lighting on subjects, depending on their distance from the lighting stands.


Softness is the degree of compliance or deformation of a material in response to pressure. It can be measured by a variety of techniques, including bending resistance, tensile stiffness and flexural rigidity.

One of the most well-known techniques for measuring softness is a panel test. This involves a series of comparisons between different samples and a set of pre-judged softness standards.

The most accurate of these measurements is the surface softness (SSL) measurement, which can be derived from an analysis of a frequency spectrum based on the motion of a circular stylus against the tissue surface. This technique is used by various manufacturers to provide an indication of the hand feel or «feelability» of a product.

However, the surface softness is not necessarily a good indicator of overall softness. This is because the SSL can be influenced by a wide range of factors, including texture, moisture content and lubrication. In order to obtain an accurate assessment of the softness of a given sample, it is critical to understand the nuances of each factor and how they interact with one another.

Our study was designed to investigate the haptic softness of a wide range of materials using an experimental design that included a wide assortment of task variants and a diverse array of physical correlates. We were able to prove that the haptic quality of a material was not limited to the surface or the acoustical properties and that it is actually a function of a combination of these components, which we aptly call the haptic perceptual space. As a result, our findings support the idea of multiple perceptual dimensions of softness and reveal that participants actively adapt their EPs in a nuanced manner when judging a particular material’s softness.


Color is one of the most important elements of scene lighting. The color of your lights can help your audience understand the time of day, weather conditions, or simply the mood of a scene.

Color can also be used to reveal the forms of performers, costumes, and scenery. For example, a production of The Great Gatsby might light a character’s entire face with a warm gold or golden yellow. This gives the audience a sense of depth that would otherwise be impossible to achieve on stage.

Another reason for using different colors is to reflect the themes of your production. For example, if your character is lonely, you might choose a warm pink to represent this. On the other hand, if you’re trying to create a mood of desperation, then you might choose a cool blue to highlight that.

You can also use a combination of colors in a single light source to get a more dramatic effect. For example, you might use a 3200K light to brighten a subject’s face and then add a 5600K light to backlight them. This will give your subject a nice, soft glow without looking artificially bright.

It’s important to note that while you can mix different color temperatures in a light, the overall color will change due to the white balance of your camera. This can result in the image looking very different than it did originally, so be sure to set your camera’s white balance correctly before applying any lighting effects.

If you’re looking to make your lighting more realistic, it’s best to use a light with a high CRI. The higher the CRI, the more accurately the color rendering will be and the more natural it will appear. This is especially useful in fields such as Fire/Rescue/EMS, Military, Industrial, Law Enforcement, Disaster Relief, Photo/Video, Drone Field Lighting, Portable Hospitals and Events.