I add lights to a space in order to create dimension, texture, or detail on elements in the room. When shooting film it was critical to place a light where it was both effective and invisible to the camera.
Shooting digital has allowed me to place a light wherever I need it and then remove the actual fixture in photoshop. I shoot multiple frames with and without the additional lighting and combine only the important part of each frame in one final image.
The VER camera prep facility designed by Janice Stevenor Dale Associates presented the challenge of a large open space in a bow truss building. Seating in the foreground needed to be illuminated for form and texture, the rear wall needed detail in order to give the space dimension and the graphic numbers which indicated each work area needed a consistent brightness.
I was able to make this imager by positioning each light as needed, despite being in “the shot”, taking a number of frames, compositing the image and removing the lighting equipment in post.