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#1 Rebecca Pryce

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

I was trained under a - let's say "elderly" gentleman - who would refer to footcandles as he lit a set. My colleague always uses f-stops.

Which do you prefer and why?

Thanks in advance.
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:59 PM

F-stop, it's just easier for me because I know what at key, 1 stop under, 2 stops under, etc. look like.

I check the footcandles quite often though, just out of curiosity and as a way of learning by myself the correlation between fc's and f-stops for different ASA's. It's just always good to understand as many aspects of light as possible.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 31 August 2007 - 06:00 PM.

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#3 e gustavo petersen

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:33 PM

I think it depends on who you're talking to. I often might speak to my gaffer (especially if he's older) in terms of foot-candles and my camera assist in ?- or T-stops. The gaffer might not know (or care to know) what filters, shutter, etc. I might be using, so this makes our common language easy.

It's a useful bit of knowledge and communication tool as more people judge exposure on a monitor instead of in their head.
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:33 PM

"I check the footcandles quite often though, just out of curiosity..."

A colleague cracked a joke that "if anyone mentions a footcandle on a set, stop and take a picture of it. It'd be like capturing the sasquatch."

I think he's wrong. But if you only check footcandles out of curiousity...anyway. Thanks for posting.

Edited by Rebecca Pryce, 31 August 2007 - 06:34 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:36 PM

I think it depends on who you're talking to. I often might speak to my gaffer (especially if he's older) in terms of foot-candles and my camera assist in ?- or T-stops. The gaffer might not know (or care to know) what filters, shutter, etc. I might be using, so this makes our common language easy.

It's a useful bit of knowledge and communication tool as more people judge exposure on a monitor instead of in their head.



And that's precisely the logic of the "old school," the way I was taught. Thanks for your input!
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