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Old Oct 6, 2013, 6:22 PM   #1
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So as my interest and skill with photography have grown, I started paying attention to every photo I see now. I am looking at the lighting, trying to diagnose or reverse engineer it. I am even doing this for TV and movies. So much so that I can't watch any dramatic TV any more without getting distracted from the story by the lighting.

Just me that has gone nuts?
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Old Oct 7, 2013, 4:55 AM   #2
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You should probably not see Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. It will drive you nuts, as would most any Kubrick film, but Barry Lyndon in particular. He shot it through Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 lenses, so he could do anything he wanted with the lighting and the depth of field.

Edit: Some of the scenes in Barry Lyndon were shot in candlelight, while others were shot to look like they were.
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It is actually a pretty good exercise, but don't get obsessed with it. You may start second guessing nature's lighting and moving the sun around for different effects, and annoying the rest of us. That way lies madness.


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Old Oct 14, 2013, 8:18 AM   #4
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So as my interest and skill with photography have grown, I started paying attention to every photo I see now. I am looking at the lighting, trying to diagnose or reverse engineer it. I am even doing this for TV and movies. So much so that I can't watch any dramatic TV any more without getting distracted from the story by the lighting.

Just me that has gone nuts?
As previously noted, as long as you're not obsessing over it, it's a great way to learn. I'd also recommend you take notice of how shots are framed in both still and video, after all, motion picture shooters are "pros" as well.
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As per the OP...I tend to do the same thing.

Real Estate always talks about the importance of 'location, location, location'.....photographers look at the importance of 'lighting, lighting, lighting'.
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I remember some time ago marvelling at the use of lighting/shadows in an old black and white movie- I wasn't looking for it,I just noticed...
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Same here and I always seem to find a great looking shot when I don't have a camera in hand.
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