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#1 DaNiElE BeLArDo

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 05:27 AM

i d like to light as background a big black lacquered closet .....i have a lot of specular reflection...
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#2 Aaron Medick

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:17 AM

I suggest a lighting exercise. Take any directional light, film light or flash light, in your hand or on a stand. move it around until you have no reflections.
Of course, you will have to add other lights to light the scene, but the exercise should give you a good idea of light placements. The additional lights may need cutters.
Your other option is to create a desired reflection.

Good luck. Remember, there is no right answer. If you put 10 DPs in a room with the same lights you would get at least 10 different looks.

PS - if you don?t have access to the closet find a gloss black substitute, a window at night, black file cabnet, etc.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:40 AM

Most people would probably try to light it like a black car -- reflect a big white shape over the surface.
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#4 Michael Nash

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:18 PM

Most people would probably try to light it like a black car -- reflect a big white shape over the surface.


Exactly. If it's a deep, rich black (which it probably is if it's lacquer), then no amount of incident light is going to do anything for you. All you have to work with is reflections.
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:16 PM

I'll 3rd Michael and David's advice. When I read the title I immediately thought "create reflections".

Just illuminating a large bounce card and allowing it to reflect off the closet at the camera should create a nice look.
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