A stop of light (2 replies and 1 comment)
This might be an odd question, I apologize in advance if it is. It's something that I've been wondering for some time, what does a stop of light mean to you? How do you see these measurements of lighting ratio when you strip down the logistics and reasons behind them?
A stop has been, historically, a way to 'quantify' light. Each higher stop is double the light of the previous.
Do you normally build your lighting starting with the actors and then the surrounding or vise versa? From my observation, I've noticed that most of the time you tend to use a 4:1 ratio, please correct me if i'm wrong. I've been looking at the coin toss scene in NCFOM, is there a reason why you prefer this kind of ratio?
I really don't look at ratios when I light. I just use my eye and it turns out the way you see it. Whether I start lighting the characters or the space depends on the context. Usually I light a space with the characters position in mind.