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#1 David Stern

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 03:29 PM

I'm shooting in a giant warehouse trying to create an expressionist in the abyss type of look with a hard shaft of light coming from above and slightly to the side.

In a test, I had a hazer going, with a 650 on my subject.

With my eye it looked great, but the camera couldn't see the haze until I opened the iris way up until my subject was over exposed.

Any thoughts on how to make this work would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 03:17 AM

Sounds like you need more haze and possibly a light with a harder edge to the beam. You're not seeing it, in part, because the edge of the beam of your 650 isn't all that hard. If there was a hard line there, it would be easier to see. It is also possible, if your actor is light skinned with light wardrobe, that you will have to use 2 different fixtures- 1 for the shaft of light, and one smaller fixture for the talent.
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#3 JB_Letchinger

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:52 PM

BACKLIGHT the smoke..
that's when it reads
get the biggest light you can --

or try a 1K leco


- yes Chris has a point 2 sources in this case are probably called for.
1 for your shaft :lol:
1 as the key
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#4 steve laramie

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 04:17 PM

A 650 should be sufficient. I would close the barn doors and spot it so its more directional. As long as its a dark background behin the haze it should work nicely.
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