Lighting for B&W 16mm reversal
Posted 13 November 2005 - 12:35 AM
I will be shooting on Kodak 7265 (80 ISO for tungsten lighting), and the film is all indoors during night time. Since reversal can be very "contrasty," how should I go about using (or not using) fill light on the subject and/or background? How should I go about lighting so that the subject will be seperated from the background, without letting the background fall into complete blackness? Is using hard light usually the best way to light with reversal, or is using soft light feasible? I would really appreciate any suggestions/tips on how I can best light for this film. Thanks!
Posted 13 November 2005 - 02:06 AM
I find with b&w in general, and reversal in particular, that you need to put little spotlights on areas you want to pop, so be prepared to use more accent lights on furniture, wall paintings, eyelights, etc. Anything you want to draw attention to has to either be lit, or it has to form a strong graphic shape like a black silhouette.
In terms of separation, either use back or edge lights, OR frame dark edges against bright spots, vice-versa.
Posted 13 November 2005 - 09:43 PM
I think you can either go with it's tendancies toward high contrast, or do what David says and cheat in your midtones (it can look very nice if you do this, but you'll work at it) or both.
He's right about the "pops" too....
"OR frame dark edges against bright spots, vice-versa."
This has been my approach.