This project was executed in May of 2010 at Missouri State University with Renee Highley and Robert Little. The goal was to better understand color in light..
From the view of the camera, there are five light sources: front, back, left, right, and top.
To begin, we explored the lighting possibilities with unfiltered incandescent light. To start there was a single light source from stage left (photo on left). In the next three photos a light at that same intensity was added from stage right; then front, then back. Rather than an experiment in color theory, this shows how diverse a set can look with unfiltered light. A single color can be manipulated to give more options to the appearance of a stage.
The next four photos illustrate the same idea as before. This time a breakup has been added to the light. Front light has been substituted for top light.
Notice how much different a set can look without using any color. In the first photo there is a small amount of unfiltered light and in the final photo there is more unfiltered light. No color has been added, just more light.
These photos are using the same light and breakup as the previous examples.
To begin, all light was set to a low level. Notice the extreme shift toward the red end of the visible light spectrum.
Next, all lights were brought to full intensity. Notice the extreme shift toward the blue end of the visible light spectrum.
In the third photo all light was brought to a very low level. The stage right source was brought to a higher intensity. It is shifted farther from the red end of the visible light spectrum than the other light and creates a cooler/whiter color.
In the end photo all light but the top light is brought to a very low level. It now appears cooler/whiter than all the other light sources.
To this point on this page we have only seen unfiltered incandescent light. This shows the challenges and benefits of designing light before one even begins to think of adding color.
No color is a color choice in of itself.
Here we have a mixture of the primary colors of light: blue, green, and red.
We start with blue. Note that even though we have blue light we automatically get dark shadows which are a second color.
Adding green to blue creates a third color: teal. The transition from green to teal to blue can be seen well on the columns up stage left.
In the third photo we add red back light. Notices where red and blue mix we see lavender. Where green and red mix we see amber.
In the fourth photo the red is increase and the mixed colors become obvious.
Here there are four colors in the stage left, stage right, back, and top light. These colors are less saturated which unites them. While blue, yellow, and green may not look good together saturated, they are united in this scheme due to the amount of while light that passes through the filter.