Ambient Light Levels
Posted 06 March 2009 - 11:54 PM
How do you guys approach photographing indoors? Do you generally raise the ambient light level before you place your key lights, fill. ect?
A DP I know that shoots commercials says he usually points a few open faced light at the ceiling for a general raise in exposure, then places his lights after. (providing the ceiling is white)
Does anyone else approach a set up this way?
Posted 07 March 2009 - 02:12 AM
Edited by Ryan Thomas, 07 March 2009 - 02:13 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:50 AM
*see the thread titled Fear of Light
Posted 07 March 2009 - 11:18 AM
But if by "ambience" you mean practical sources, then yes, you would also start by putting in brighter bulbs, etc. to bring all that up to a useful level, plus if the light is supposed to be coming through windows, I'd start with that too, then after all of that, decide what sort of key the person needs, if they aren't being lit by the windows or practicals. Basically, light the space while thinking of how that will look on the person, rather than thinking of a traditional key that is not related to the room lighting.
But if by "ambience" you mean the ambient fill level that comes from all the sources in the room, basically that becomes fill and you usually set or adjust that after the key.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 11:43 AM
Sometimes while I'm going I'll just "see" something that works with just what's in the room, and if that works for the specific shot, then I'll talk to the director about just going with it, which saves some time.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:17 PM
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Conversely, if you're shooting at 500 asa, then you can pretty much set your key, fill, back lights and see how they bounce into the room. Most shows I grip on have a ton of baylights, but they're mostly superfluous.
Edited by Jon Rosenbloom, 07 March 2009 - 03:17 PM.