key light

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key light (plural key lights)

  1. (photography, film, television) The most important light, used to highlight the form and dimension of the subject.
    • 2015, Don Presnell, Marty McGee, A Critical History of Television's The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964 (page 57)
      Age lines were drawn on McCarthy's face in red makeup, and when key lights with red filters were used, the lines were not visible.