Runway fashion show lighting
Posted 08 April 2008 - 08:21 PM
Posted 08 April 2008 - 09:22 PM
I suspect the best solution would be huge overhead softboxes, which I have seen done as part of the set, but you're not likely to get that. The best I've ever shot was inside a white marquee (erected inside a huge exhibition hall) where they bounced it off the inside of the marquee itself.
Ideal: nice soft light.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:02 AM
I shot a fashion show a few weeks ago (never shot one before). I'm told to help the lighting tech get the levels right for video. It was a painstaking challenge. He had the lights set up on each of the four corners (not sure what type of lights he had, but there was no diffusion no gels that I could see.) The models where wearing white and I was a having difficult time keeping the image from blasting out. I could get it right on for the lengthier middle portion but once they got to the end I had a hard time keeping it from blasting out. With one camera I was able to set-up a still wide shot and as the models would walk down the runway I would adjust the Iris the other camera followed the models however we could'nt follow and adjust iris at the same time. We were able to edit out all the blasted out shots and it turned out ok. But if I do this again I need to figure out how to work with the lighting guy better so that it's not such a pain and so we can get a more evenly lit runway. I'm not very familiar with setting up lighting as I'm used to shooting without. Any suggestions?
Don't think there is much you can do. First off, often, we want runway lighting to have it's highs and lows, hence why the types of lights and pattern used is used. It adds to the glow of the outfits as folks walk n and out of hot spots. Secondly, exposure becomes tougher because normally we've lit the stage area while the background is dark so any differences in tone such as white outfits really show. Thirdly, everything is moving so fast as to make it more difficult to ride the lens properly while shooting. Runways are always a challenge. But, I don't think a designer would want me to light my runway flat and even or he'd have a pretty ugly looking display of his work.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 03:33 PM
Another solution might be similar to what you already did; you have one camera cover the darker mid-portion of the walk, and another camera dedicated to the "hotspot" at the end of the runway, where the models typically stop and pose before turning back. Each camera is exposed accordingly, and you just cut the two together.
Sometimes you can turn a liability into an asset -- you might try adding a star filter or net to the lens to make overexposed areas flare or glow for a more stylistic look. That can be a delicate balance though, because you don't want so much flare that the fashions are obscured.
Posted 11 April 2008 - 10:13 PM
But, I don't think a designer would want me to light my runway flat and even or he'd have a pretty ugly looking display of his work.
Walter, Thanks for your input. I've seen some of the stuff you've shot for Nine West and that's the look I'm striving for... But from my perspective (with little experience) I would say that this looks evenly lit. From what you said I'm guessing that from my untrained eye there's a lot of highs and lows that I'm not noticing. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I would guess that you had lights down the length of the runway instead of just at the four corners.
In my situation, if I do this again for the next fashion show in 6 months, I'll probably have the same situation lighting on four corners, don't hink I'll have much say in that regard, but I'm trying to come up with some practical suggestions that might help us get a better image. I really feel like we need to soften up the lights I just felt like they were too harsh. I'll see if I can post some footage soon... I'm sure that would help people know what to tell me.
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:54 AM
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