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#1 22west

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:06 AM

Recently I've gotten some 16mm test footage back from the lab and, in reviewing it with my notes, I realized that I should have jotted down several additional items when shooting.

Can anyone suggest a good checklist to follow when shooting a lighting test?

A sketch of the setup with fstop readings here and there seems pretty much standard - as is the lens used for each test - but what are some other critical items?

Thanks in advance.
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#2 John Hall

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:59 PM

They're your tests, you can be as thorough as you like.

Make a diagram of your scene. For each light, note what type of fixture it is is, if it's spotted or flooded, what gels or diffusion are on it, where it's pointed, what the light has been cut off of with barn doors or flags.

You may want to take spot readings from camera position of elements of your scene (key & fill sides of talent's face, various background and foreground items, anything you feel may be in the highlights or shadows).

Kodak does this for examples of it's film stocks:

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Obviously, the more information you have, the better your ability to analyze what you've done.
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