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#1 Daan Werdefroy

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 06:14 AM

Hi everyone,

In a few days I'm DOP'ing a shoot for school and the director wants a shot with the main character and a window next to each other. Thing is, the shot will be made by night and the skyline has to be clearly visible.
I'm shooting with an ARRI SR2 and I don't really have an idea on how to light the character AND have the skyline. Or how to measure the skyline in order to get the nice balance I want, between the skyline and my character.

I hope the problem's a bit clear... Thanks in advance!

Daan
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#2 Daniel Spangler

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 03:54 PM

Use a spot meter, if you've got one, to get a general idea of the light level outside of the window (little points of light on a skyline are probably too small to measure individually, but you can get a general idea by sampling different clusters of lights). I like to use a digital SLR to check my exposure in situations like this. Once you have the proper exposure for your background, just light the actor relative to that light level. If you don't have a spot meter, you'll probably be okay if you just shoot wide open and light for that.
Hope that helps!
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#3 Michael Nash

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 06:35 PM

A DSLR is your best bet for situations like this. Expect the skyline to be pretty dark; about T1.3 at 500ASA or less.
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