Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:55 AM
Posted 20 January 2006 - 12:22 PM
Ive heard that just aiming your lights at the ceiling (in 8' or less ceiling hieght) to get an even, and soft light is the way to go. I've been trying this with my home depot work lights and have been getting fair (at best) results and this is with the "regular household lights" on too. It's a white ceiling but the reflection could be better. Should I put tin foil on the cieling. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions for this type of lighting. The main reason I want this lighting technique is to hide the lights and just "aim up" and be able to shoot in all directions of the room without revealing lighting efforts on the footage and get decent lighting results. Am I asking for too much?
"Bounce" lighting is a common technique in flash photography. Putting shiny foil up there will make the ceiling reflect more light, but it will be very directional, much like a mirror. "Bounce" is a good (but relatively inefficient) way to get uniform lighting from above. You may want to supplement it with other lights, or it may be fairly flat and uninteresting
Posted 20 January 2006 - 12:26 PM
What's most important is how the light falls on your subject. If all of the light is falling straight down, all you'll have is toplighting. If you want decent definition on faces, you'll need for at lease some of the light to fall on those faces. If your only light source is coming from the ceiling, you can try a simple white-board reflector, or you should attempt to position the actors not directly below the lighting, but rather at an angle to it, which would allow for the possibility of some direct illumination.
Ive heard that just aiming your lights at the ceiling (in 8' or less ceiling hieght) to get an even, and soft light is the way to go. I've been trying this with my home depot work lights and have been getting fair (at best) results and this is with the "regular household lights" on too. It's a white ceiling but the reflection could be better.
Posted 20 January 2006 - 01:12 PM
Edited by Robert Hughes, 20 January 2006 - 01:12 PM.
Posted 21 January 2006 - 03:18 PM
Posted 21 January 2006 - 04:30 PM
Ceiling bounce in conjunction with smaller heads for subject sculpting is more useful. Keep in mind that the tops of your frame will be lighted higher because of the ceiling bounce. This is contrary to the more common practice of underlighting the tops of the frame. It may be little more than an asthetic choice. However, if you must follow subjects around much of the room, ceiling bounce will cover more area from a smaller point of lamp placement. Maybe, use this for master shots and add sculptural lighting for the medium and close-ups.
Posted 21 January 2006 - 06:26 PM