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#1 Brandon McCormick

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 10:02 PM

OK, so maybe not everyone will be willing to come forth with their "tricks of the trade", but I'm hoping for just a few good ones. There may be no "magic bullets" here, but I know people have that one thing they always do to make great work. It could be any little thing from lighting to camera settings, but what is your little secret that you employ when it's time to make the magic happen?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 10:18 PM

There are a hundred little tricks we all use but they tend to be problem-specific. For example, I've always had problems with the classic "close-up of person looking through a crack in the door" in terms of avoiding a front light to get around the slit of the door. My solution has been to backlight the person or at least hit the wall on the other side of the door and let the bounce-back light the person's face (if they don't lean too far forward.)
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#3 Tim J Durham

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:09 AM

There are a hundred little tricks we all use but they tend to be problem-specific. For example, I've always had problems with the classic "close-up of person looking through a crack in the door" in terms of avoiding a front light to get around the slit of the door. My solution has been to backlight the person or at least hit the wall on the other side of the door and let the bounce-back light the person's face (if they don't lean too far forward.)


You don't greenscreen the person into the crack? Then you could light them perfectly. Hmm, I think I'm gonna go try that...
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 12:14 AM

Hello,

I still can't get enough of my reflectors. I get one inch, single-sided, foam sheets. They're silver foil on one side and white styro on the other. They come in 8' by 4' sheets from building material businesses for about $8.00 to $10.00 per sheet. I let one or two of my gorilla crew guys hold them. I can't even begin to exclaim how much trouble and cost they have saved me in adding one or two additional lighting angles to an otherwise unfillably bright sun light.

Paul
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 09:56 PM

It's just a little thing, but I like to avoid using the exposure calculator on my incident light meter. So I make a quick chart that has all f stops corresponding to the illumination. It's quicker, easier to read and less things to do. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to rush, but I feel bad if others are waiting on me. Doing this leaves me more time to catch other mistakes I might be making.
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