Jump to content


Photo

The art of using ND Grads


  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Daniel Porto

Daniel Porto
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 201 posts
  • Student

Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:56 PM

I have seen many DP's (one being Nigel Bluck - I wish I asked him at the time!) use 2 or 3 ND Grads in the one shot - with a mix of both soft and hard grads and the grad lines resting in different positions.

Can someone please explain why some DOP's shoot like this? Obviously it is to control the brightness of certain parts of the image but is the thinking to make certain parts of an image stand out ever so slightly?
  • 0

#2 David Mullen ASC

David Mullen ASC
  • Sustaining Members
  • 20069 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles

Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:32 AM

Both, to reduce the brightness of one area to de-emphasize it, but also to control it if it was too bright.

Generally though since most movies go through D.I.'s, the main reason to use ND grads is to darken an area that is overexposing too much for the latitude of the film stock or digital camera. For more subtle things like doing a soft vignette to direct the eye, etc. it is easier to do that in the color-correction stage since you can more easily place the grad, move it with the camera and actor, shape it to objects, etc.
  • 0


Willys Widgets

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Paralinx LLC

Metropolis Post

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Technodolly

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

The Slider

Visual Products

Ritter Battery

rebotnix Technologies

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Tai Audio

FJS International, LLC

CineLab

CineTape

Aerial Filmworks

Abel Cine

Glidecam

CineTape

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Tai Audio

Glidecam

Willys Widgets

Metropolis Post

Abel Cine

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Ritter Battery

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

FJS International, LLC

Wooden Camera

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Visual Products

Aerial Filmworks

rebotnix Technologies

Paralinx LLC

Technodolly

The Slider