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#1 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:04 PM

Getting ready to shoot in a tanning salon with someone in a tanning bed. Shooting super-16.

Any advice on stocks or filters? I'm pretty sure I'll need a UV filter to avoid excess bluish cast.

Any ideas or tricks?

Thanks,
Chris

Edited by Christopher Wedding, 08 August 2007 - 05:05 PM.

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#2 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 07:33 AM

Getting ready to shoot in a tanning salon with someone in a tanning bed. Shooting super-16.

Any advice on stocks or filters? I'm pretty sure I'll need a UV filter to avoid excess bluish cast.

Any ideas or tricks?

Thanks,
Chris



Can't help much but the one time I shot someone on a tanning bed we
were balanced to daylight (also had two small HMIs) and didn't use a
UV filter and made out okay.

If you can't shoot tests (or even if you can) it might be helpful to get the
info. on the lamps (tubes?) and look up the manufacturer's technical
information on them.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 01:46 PM

It all depends on whether you want to USE the blue color of the tanning bed or not.

You probably won't want to try and balance for the blue cast of the tanning bed, because then it wouldn't seem very natural or practical.

Having a UV filter might be a good idea, but I'd shy away from any unnecessary filtration in front of the lens.

Shoot it straight with a tungsten stock and ad some tungsten balanced lighting outside of the tanning bed to make things a little interesting. I don't know exactly what the scene consists of, but it sounds like a good opportunity to mix color temps.
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#4 Michael Nash

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 04:21 PM

I'm pretty sure I'll need a UV filter to avoid excess bluish cast.


Why? Are you trying to make the tanning bed light look "normal?"

I would just shoot with whatever film stock suits the bulk of your location & lighting, and let the tanning bed "do what it does." Yes, it will look blue.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 04:30 PM

I shot tanning beds on 7229 and I can say they came out a very nice blue-purple color. Wear eye protection for people in there, though. They should have some 'round.
Also, be informed the beds normally have little fans in them, can cause some audio problems.
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#6 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I'll have to take a look at any pictures or other print ads this tanning place has. It's actually a commercial for their services, so I'll definetly look more into and think more about whether a mix temp or bluish cast is appropriate for their image. If they are more progressive and want something a bit more edgy, I think mixing will be great. We'll be scouting on Wed and shooting the following wednesday. I'll post some more info once it's all done.

Adrian, do you have any pics or your results?

Best,
Chris
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 01:57 AM

Wow, a tanning salon that's willing to shell out for Super 16? Good gig! ;)
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