View Full Version : What is the best way to light up a out door NIGHT TIME scene for a still image?

04-18-2007, 08:25 PM
Hey guys, I want to know what is the best way to light up a out door night time scene for a 'still image', i'm ok with lighting up daytime scene but not night time, i know that in day time, we are supposed to use a soft yellow light as a key light on top and a blue light as a fill light on the side and a soft white light as a rim light in the back, and the result is good! but i have never light up a NIGHT time scene before, so does anyone got any good lighting tricks or tips for a out door night time scenescene?

Here's what i'm trying to achieve, i want a very spooky atmostphere/lighting, my scene has got lots of old trees, old stones and a car driving past, so i'm trying to achieve a lighting that creates a spooky mood and feel, has anyone seen the animation 'the corpse bride' or 'the nightmare before christmas'?
here are some screen shots showing off the animation's lighting,
1, ( http://www.impawards.com/2005/posters/corpse_bride_ver2.jpg )
2, (http://www.oxfordstudent.com/article_images/145/6315/timb.jpg )
3, (http://corpsebridemovie.warnerbros.com/images/photos/photo_7.jpg)
4, (http://www.dcccafe.com/magazine/images/jackandsally.jpg)

In screenshot number 1, the lights is very soft and sorta foggy, how do i create those lights? because that's the atmosphere i'm trying to create with my lighting, but i don't know where to starts, i have try using a soft blue light on the side as a fill light and a pale white light as a key light on the top but it's not giving me what i want, so please help me out guys! thanks!!!

04-18-2007, 08:28 PM
For some reason the link doesn't work, anyway, here's the link again showing the atmostphere

1, *]http://www.impawards.com/2005/posters/corpse_bride_ver2.jpg
2, *]http://corpsebridemovie.warnerbros.com/images/photos/photo_7.jpg

you will need to delete that little ' *] ' infront of the link to view the images,


04-19-2007, 04:09 PM
okay.... here are some suggestions,

The trick for lighting a night scene is that your key source (aka. The Moon) is blue light. So, if you wanted a night scene, use a high key white-blue to a more dark blue (simulate moon not full), a kicker that would be opposite the key, and a rim that should be white light.

If you were counting it in a circle, it should be key at 0, kicker at 180 and the rim coming in at about 45 degrees....

hope that helps...


04-19-2007, 09:02 PM
Thanks LW_Will, your advice is helpful and thanks for that 'circle' light knowledge, Many thanksss!!