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#1 sergio cassini

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:19 AM

just wondering,how would you light a group of ladies for a typical r&b video,say close ups and medium shots.
of course this depends on the faces,make up,back ground etc.but you probably start with a ruff general set up.wuld you use soft boxes,flos,ring lites or fresnels.
i know this is very general but those music video lighting stiles do' look a bit alike',to understate.
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#2 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:45 AM

ring light is usualy verry flat

i'll use large soft source for key as it's a group, fresnel back light and back light in the frame.
usualy young girls brings little problems when it come to lighting. )
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#3 Jeff Locke

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:19 AM

Soft soft soft. The key to beauty shots is to erase all those shadows that can highlight imperfections. Avoid side and top light. I would use a cool diffused flood straight on as my key, and then fill with 6-8 diffused parnels 45^ up and 45^ out to ease the shadows out, along with 3-5 soft boxes for uplight to dispell the chin shadows. Wait tio gel the pars until you see the girl's hair color, then gel to highlight.
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#4 Serge Teulon

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:03 PM

Hey Sergio,

Adam gave a low down on a Girls Aloud promo that he shot.
There is some good info there for what you are looking for.

http://www.cinematog...rls aloud video
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#5 sergio cassini

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:41 AM

Hey Sergio,

Adam gave a low down on a Girls Aloud promo that he shot.
There is some good info there for what you are looking for.

http://www.cinematog...rls aloud video

..o.k. now i need to rent a 'briese 140' ;)
thanks for your help guys.i try to light them soft to avoid unpleasant shadows but then again i don't want them to look to flat or to glossy.since they are young i'm not afraid to give them some shape.the shoots on sunday,we are shooting under a grid of 25 striplights so i have to look out for dark eyeholes.
we'll see.
cheers,s.
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#6 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 04:33 PM

Another good fashion/flashlight trick is to rent an old school 10K Fresnel with the big housing. The newer 12K Fresnels are much smaller, so ask the rental house to dig out one of the ancient ones - it really makes a difference. Hang it just above lens on a goal post and scrim the hell out of it. Gets a nice beauty light that's still giving you a defined shadow under the nose/chin.

For an example, look at the Annie video I did ages ago on this website for a good example of that (dancing and white cyc sequences):

http://www.colonelbl...arah-Chatfield/
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#7 Serge Teulon

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 07:19 AM

Hey Adam,

What did you use for flashes on the back wall?
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