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#1 Valentin Baerlocher

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 02:47 AM

hello everybody,

I'm shooting night exterior on 35mm. I did some tests with different light situations but never got the high contrast I'd like to achieve. Do you know about any filters to increase the contrast but not loosing to much light?
Another thing, I heard about an adapter I can actually hook up to a regular car and use it as a generator. I'd like to power some kino's. Do you know about this adapters? - if yes how much power can I pull off and where can I get this adapter?

thanks, valentin
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 10:24 AM

There are no filters that increase contrast really. Polas can reduce glare, that's about it. You need to use a format (like reversal) or process (like skip-bleach, ENR printing, digital color-correction) to increase the contrast beyond your lighting. You also need to make sure you aren't underexposing the image (unless coupled with push-processing.)

But hi-con lighting is rather easy to do at night, so I'm not sure why you are having problems getting enough contrast.

An inverter can be attached to a car battery to power small lights for a limited time until you drain the battery.
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