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#1 Jon Amerikaner

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:09 AM

Hi I am wondering how I can improve my ability to light actors eyes and still achieve dramatic light. If you look at the first minute of my reel you will see a scene that I believe really needed an eye light. I'd love to hear any tips you have on how I can get that sparkle in an actors eyes without compromising the overall scene lighting. Thanks
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#2 Austin Michaels

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 03:31 AM

It is quite simple all you need is a nice piece of some diffusion of any kind. Use a 100-200w light and Keep it right next to the camera so it does not give off a shadow on the actors.

You can double, triple and keep doubling the diffusion till you get the desire look you want for a contrast ratio. But that will give a nice little sparkle in their eye. I have used a micro Litepanels and just dim it down. Works great!
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#3 Ollie Walton

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 05:24 PM

It is quite simple all you need is a nice piece of some diffusion of any kind. Use a 100-200w light and Keep it right next to the camera so it does not give off a shadow on the actors.

You can double, triple and keep doubling the diffusion till you get the desire look you want for a contrast ratio. But that will give a nice little sparkle in their eye. I have used a micro Litepanels and just dim it down. Works great!


I would if your shooting tight. Is get a light maybe a 150w or 300w shine it from above about 2 ft away from actor then use the reflector to bounce it using magic arms or, diffuse it quite low, using various lee filters.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:48 PM

I often put a very small piece of white card onto the camera and bounce a light into that, and it is then the light card being reflected in the eyes.
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#5 Austin Michaels

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 02:40 AM

I still think having any kind of light starting with a 300w light and just keep doubling the diffusion till you get what you desire because that is easier to control. But i agree with right above the camera. I forgot to mention that.
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#6 John David Miller

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:37 AM

I would suggest employing a small bounce card next to the camera. It should pickup the eyes nicely without disturbing the mood...it's also cheap.
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