The Case for Brokeh

The Brokeh Lighting System corrects the lens distortion of cinematography and photography.   People look thinner, younger and more vibrant because Brokeh mixes light to add depth and pearlescence to skin tones.



What does the Brokeh System bring to the art of modern lighting? A scientific approach to a more natural looking cast and scene. 




  • Darker skin tones pose unique lighting challenges
    • How do you create depth in darker complexions when facial highlights are so close to the shadow values?
    • How do you photograph a diverse group of people with one set of lights?
    • Makeup can expand shadow to highlight ratios only to a very limited point


  • The physics of Brokeh actually work in favor of darker complexions. Because the color hue of all human faces is very similar the Brokeh filters have a more pronounced effect the more pigment is present.  The skin tone on each face is its own contrast filter. Lit side by side by the Brokeh System, light and dark faces will have similar contrast ratios and enhanced contouring effects




  • Photographic lenses flatten the shape of the face and can add at least 10 pounds of apparent weight to the human subject. Brokeh is the only lighting technology that corrects this problem


  • The Brokeh System’s geometric shapes and colors interact with dominant skin colors, so people lit with Brokeh look thinner and more dynamic




  • The Brokeh System breaks the spectrum of white light into individual colors and arranges them into patterns that allows natural photographic renderings never before possible with white light sources


  • When the colors mix on faces, the magic happens! Skin tones shimmer with pearlescent depth. Facial structure is enhanced as every curve of the face receives many colors from millions of changing relative angles 




  • Contouring makeup can make faces look fantastic- but only from one angle!
    • Brokeh lighting enhances facial definition using the physics of light- not light and dark makeup


  • The result? Faces look better from any angle of lighting. Faces can filmed from any direction without the jarring effect of telltale painted-on highlights or shadows distracting from the image


  • Makeup can be used more sparingly, creating a more natural appearance thanks to the innate light contouring created by the Brokeh System




  • The Brokeh effect acts like preemptive airbrushing


  • Brokeh pattern design is geared towards providing a more diffuse light to the parts of the light spectrum that reveal blemishes and skin imperfections. The soft, multicolor light sources in the patterns produce a series of multifaceted highlights on the face that break up flaws into a pattern of interwoven color that diminishes their impact




  • Areas of the face that are brighter when lit by white light are called “specular highlights”. This effect is caused by skin pores acting like tiny mirror balls, reflecting light directly back to the source


  • Flatter areas of the face such as foreheads can be especially problematic to light without causing them to look like featureless white areas on the image


  • Brokeh lighting patterns eliminate the specular highlight problem by breaking up the “tiny mirror balls” into many colors. Foreheads lit with Brokeh are rendered with a smooth and natural curve




  • It’s time to get real about lighting film and television in the 21stcentury
    • In our multi-colored world the only real sources of flat white light are from film and photographic light- these are not organic to the environment
    • These lights create phony light and the new sensors image this


  • Brokeh patterns add controllable soft light that is made up of many colors which blend in seamlessly with light sources in the environment


  • Adding Brokeh filters to your existing lighting setup and equipment ensures that your set and subjects won’t seem “lit”. Instead they will look natural and alive




  • Brokeh N-series lighting patterns blend in with natural environments making them undetectable in the reflections of cars, glassware or water
  • Brokeh N-series patterns can be created in larger formats (12’x12’, 20’x20’) that can be used for soft lighting exteriors or on stage
  • N-series can be fabricated as a reflective source or a translucent source depending on the choice of substrates




  • Brokeh intensifies the perception of depth in faces on film (3-D cueing)


  • Lit by a Brokeh pattern, a moving subject has dynamic changes to its face. This creates a real impression of life in the image as different colors strike the face at different angles, which change constantly as the subject moves. The flattening effect seen with digital cinematography is diminished and the image is more vibrant and relatable


Brokeh Lighting System: Available for rental by appointment  only for use on motion pictures, television and commercials.


For information contact:

John Tindall

Brokeh Lighting System




John Tindall

Tindall Vision Laboratories
Oak Park, CA 91377

Phone: 818.216.7526


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