Exterior Lighting Technique
Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:14 AM
Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:33 AM
Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:27 AM
for CUs and medium shots, you can get away with having your actors in shade, or near a white building (large bounce), or under moving tree-shade, and as long as the background shows direct sunlight/highlights, the shot will usually "feel" like a sunny day to the viewer, even if there's no hard sun source on the actors-- just as long as the actors aren't too many stops under the background, and having the background out of focus will usually help.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:53 AM
I also find this really difficult On larger budgets knocking back the sun with either a big silk or net and shaping the light yourself with a couple of large HMI's can really work... The heavier the diffusion the less power HMI's needed, which is great if you dont have a huge lighting budget. If no access to large lights 8x or 12x Blacks can work a treat as some neg.
On lower budgets find this a difficult challenge and i echo Jaan's comments about finding the best time and location to shoot natural or send some bounce in there.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 09:59 AM
On bigger budgets it's easier as you can knock back the sun....ect ect..
Apologies as the above comment doesn't make sense.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 10:51 AM
Total Grip budget was under $200 but I managed to keep a wide open aperture and a consistent quality and amount of light on the subjects just by adjusting the aforementioned elements. I will say that we were extremely lucky with very good weather. But I was impressed with how well the shower curtain and screen material worked. They've become permanent additions to my equipment package.
Edited by Michael LaVoie, 12 March 2007 - 10:54 AM.
Posted 13 March 2007 - 01:10 AM