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Anybody ever use a hard reflector for a long shot into a close-up?


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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 08:16 PM

I have a shot with two guys walking and talking for about a hundred feet into a close-up -
day ext./wireless mics.

I'm thinking about using a hard reflector and panning/tilting to soften it as they approach. Any
thoughts?

Thanks.
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#2 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 10:34 PM

At a hundred feet the foil side should work great on a sunny day. The silver side might be ok too, it just depends on how overcast it is on the day of the shoot. I would probably avoid gold refectors or the checkerboards unless your going for a warmer look.

Edited by Capt.Video, 15 June 2006 - 10:37 PM.

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#3 Michael Nash

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:44 PM

Shiny boards are pretty "spotty" and don't feather the edge all that well, even on the soft side.

When I've used reflectors for long walk-and-talks like this I've used several spread out along the length of the walk, overlapping a little to smooth the transition. As they get closer to camera you can smooth the edge of the beam with single or double siders, and blend that gently into a softer bounce that's up close.
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#4 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 09:18 PM

Thanks guys!
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