Lighting 101: Quality of Light

Taught By:

Lauren Haroutunian


This is our first installment of our Lighting 101 series, where Lauren walks us through an important concept in film lighting: the quality of your light-- i.e. how hard or soft your light is.

Lesson Plan

In this video we cover:

  • the differences between hard and soft light
  • how the size and distance of your source affect the quality of your light
  • how to create hard and soft light using those concepts
  • what diffusion actually does!
  • how to apply these concepts to your own lighting

For those interested, the lights used were:


  • 800 Joleko with 50 degree barrel


  • Two 4' 4Bank Kinos stacked on top of each other


  • 250 Diffusion Gel hand-held in front of the Joleko
  • Astra 1x1 Bicolor Litepanel, softbox added
  • Sola 6 Litepanel Daylight Fresnel, bounced into large styrofoam bounce card
  • Inca 12 Litepanel Tungsten Fresnel, shot throught 8x8' silk on frame

If you have any more questions, click "Discuss This Lesson!" to ask Lauren directly!