Author: Harry C. Box

Harry C. Box

Harry C. Box has worked in television and motion picture production since 1989. Over the years he has done substantial work as a lighting technician, gaffer, camera operator, director of photography, and as an educator. His recent credits include network and cable television series, such as Heroes (NBC), Brothers and Sisters (ABC), and Everybody Hates Chris (CW). He has worked on major motion pictures, independent feature films, telefilms, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and industrials.

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light gradation

VIDEO: Softening Light


Harry C. Box of “The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook” talks about the benefits of soft light. FilmSkills is the visual way to learn filmmaking. Online training videos available 24/7.

Hard Lighting techniques

Manipulating Hard Light


Light can be manipulated as it travels from the light source to the subject. Let’s discuss the manipulation of hard light into shapes and patterns. A break-up pattern is very often used to give texture to the background of a shot. Breaking up the light with a tree branch, gobo pattern, Venetian blind, window pattern,…

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Professional Training for Lighting Technicians


The qualifications necessary to perform most of the duties of a lighting technician include a basic understanding of electrical safety, the ability to recognize and avoid the possible hazards involved, and a good working knowledge of the equipment. In addition, in the United States, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Electrical…


Tools for Controlling Soft Light


A DP often wants to control the foreground lighting and background lighting separately and light the actors without also flattening out the background. One can do this by cutting and containing the lighting with flags, black wrap, and the like. Soft light is more difficult than hard light to cut and control, and the softer…

Photo Courtesy of Sean Gardner

Soft Light Basics


Soft light results when light is bounced or diffused over a relatively large surface, either by light shining through a large frame of diffusion, or light bouncing off of a large white surface. When this happens, the light’s quality is altered in a fundamental way. When light moves away from a conventional light fixture, the…

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