Using practicals in a daylight scene
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:16 PM
This is my very first post here. Yes, I'm a little nervous... I've looked around and used the search button so please excuse me if someone has already asked/answered this.
I'm wondering if anyone ever uses daylight balanced bulbs in practical lights successfully when shooting an interior during the day. Usually I end up putting CTB on the bulbs when possible, but I was wondering if anyone ever uses a 5600K Photoflood bulb. Not in a lamp that is rated for 100W max, but in something like a hardwired fixture or can light.
These are lo/no budget shoots with either the DVX or the HVX and the biggest lights I ever have are a 1K and a Kinoflo Diva Light 400. Word.
Thanks for any info!
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:38 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:40 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:41 PM
Careful if you plan to go with the EBW 500W bulb. In my experience, it can sometimes emit a greenish spike, it's mostly a result of the tinted glass reacting with the yellow filament.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 01:11 PM
Maybe just throwing CTB over them is the best way?
Posted 29 January 2008 - 01:30 PM
I haven't checked which is more efficient, a CTB gelled PH213 or just a BCA.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:22 PM
If that's the case, my first recommendation would be to ceiling bounce a small HMI or throw up a daylight balanced Kino with some diffusion on the front. It sounds like you don't have that.
My next recommendation would be to use daylight balanced compact fluorescents in clamp lights, or on a bat strip (thin strip of wood with several socket screwed onto it). If possible, I would diffuse or bounce them, for example you could try aim multiple clamp lights through a 4'x4' frame. You may need some very light Minus Green to totally balance them, either 1/8 or 1/4, but it will still work reasonably well without it. Make sure the compact flo bulbs are daylight balanced (around 5500K) and have as high a CRI as you can find (90-100 good, 80-90 ok).
Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:38 PM
Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:56 PM
I think you should ask yourself if you're using these ceiling fixtures because you want a light coming from above the actors (or because it's the only way to light some 360 degree camera move), or because it happens to be there. Think about how you actually want it to look, not the limitations of the camera or the existing wall sockets. There's a big difference between simplicity and convenience.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:13 PM