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#1 Evan Cox

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 11:19 PM

Anybody have any tips on how one would go about simulating the look of television lighting? Just lights all abound? Lots of diffused front lighting? Help me please.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:37 AM

There's an awful lot of television out there so you should mention a specific show you have in mind. "CSI" is a TV show afterall -- so was "The X-Files".
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#3 Phil Connolly

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:00 AM

If your looking for that studio TV look of presenters to camera, soft flat light on your talent seems to be pritty standard. I'd still try and get some back light in which can be harder.

Depending on the style exposing everything brighter can help. I did a comedy pilot, that had to spoof the look of a shopping channel. The look really came together when I overexposed, compared to how bright I would normally like skin tones, just so they looked a tiny bit plastically and unatturual (shooting on Digi-Beta - I also switched to 50i, as the rest of the prog was 25p, to help sell the difference). I still aimed not to clip the whites, but since I lit flat there were not too many hot spots to worry about. The space I had to light was quite small so I got away with just a 1.2K hmi bounced off foam core as Key, and soft fill from a couple of diffused red heads (full CTB). I got a slight double shadow on some objects but decided to go with it - its part of the look :blink:
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