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Scarlet Camera in a Film Noir Lighting Setting


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#1 Ian Choplick

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:51 PM

I am getting ready to shoot a short film, which is to be in a low light- film noir lighting situation. I would like to see the blacks disperse to black, but keep the details in where I give it a little. Definitely gonna be on the low lights situation wide open. I am shooting on the Scarlet, with Cooke S4 lenses which are at a 2. I hear rating the camera at recommended 800ISO is the optimal performance for the chip. Just seeing if people had certain settings that helped them out, things to look for, etc.....

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#2 Kevin Horn

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:56 AM

While you may be going for a film noir look, that doesn't mean you should be underlighting things. In fact, you'll probably end up doing more lighting work than usual to get high contrast ratios and a noir styled look. With that being said, I would always shoot at ISO 800. I always light for RAW so I have maximum flexibility in post and the cleanest image to work with. Though you may be getting a "milky" or flat looking image in your monitor, you can always refer back to a picture style, or use a light meter to keep your ratios in check.
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