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#1 John Adolfi

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 07:11 AM

I've shot some amature stuff with sunguns and then invested in a arri light kit. 4 lights, 300, 350, 650, 750.
I've got light stands, gells and diffusing paperlike squares to clip on to the barn doors. No light meter (mostly super8, don't need one in that format, all in camera exposure measuring) I have a grey card, Color card.
I'd like to take the next step in self education.

My question is what other equipment should I get for now or not?
What book or DVD training? And excersizes?
Shoot still film or digital and practice lighting set ups??
Exterior and interior?
Or shoot the medium I'll be using like super 8 or 16mm and catalogue each shot?
Thanks for your help.
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#2 Hal Smith

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 08:30 AM

I've shot some amature stuff with sunguns and then invested in a arri light kit. 4 lights, 300, 350, 650, 750.
I've got light stands, gells and diffusing paperlike squares to clip on to the barn doors. No light meter (mostly super8, don't need one in that format, all in camera exposure measuring) I have a grey card, Color card.
I'd like to take the next step in self education.

My question is what other equipment should I get for now or not?
What book or DVD training? And excersizes?
Shoot still film or digital and practice lighting set ups??
Exterior and interior?
Or shoot the medium I'll be using like super 8 or 16mm and catalogue each shot?
Thanks for your help.

Get a meter, you're going to graduate to a different media and/or camera someday - better to be learning exposure control now. I use a Spectra IVa and have the PhotoSpot attachment for it. There are several good Sekonic cinema models also. If budget limited, the older Spectras show up on eBay all the time - the Professionals and Combi-500's can go for $50 or so. If a meter works, Spectra will calibrate it for $50, quite a bargain given that you're sending the meter to its maker. http://www.spectracine.com/default.htm

Don't pay more for a Combi-500, the extra-sensitive function probably died years ago making it functionally the same as a Professional. Spectra can't get the part anymore to fix it. Be sure any meter has a bunch of slides, hopefully the full set.

To paraphase an old joke: "How to get to the Oscars? Practice, Practice, Practice!" :)
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