Three point lighting: back light

In this series Ian Hider, BBC Academy trainer, covers the basics of three point lighting.

In a traditional interview setup the back light illuminates your interviewee from behind, separating them from the background and giving your picture a more three dimensional look. It is usually placed behind the subject or diagonally opposite the key light.

"The back light makes the picture look more three dimensional." – Ian Hider

The strength of the light you need will depend on the subject: dark-haired interviewees need brighter back lights than people with light hair.

Part of a four-part series of films on three point lighting: introduction, key light, fill light and back light.