Edited by Brandon Arandt, 01 September 2012 - 08:23 PM.
Griity lighting ratios for Key and background scene?
Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:23 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:34 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:44 PM
Obviously, this approach requires a good quality viewing monitor that is calibrated. However, you can always check your extremes (highlights and shadows) by using a light meter or waveform monitor to make sure that you are within the dynamic range of your camera. You can also play it safe with exposure (protect highlights) and or have a little more shadow fill than desired. Additional contrast can always be added easily in post. I would encourage you to experiment and light intuitively, not follow any prescribed formula - including my suggestions if they don't work for you.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:35 PM
When lighting for a gritty indoor scene (IE: David Fincher's "Se7en"), what would be the method to light and more importantly the ratio of light for lighting the main actors face and lighting the background? Do I use standard exposure for the face (or is that too hot) and light the ambient background a few stops lower while creating some contrast for shadows? What would be the best method to approach a scene like this?
None of the sample pictures that you show appear to be gritty. I ask what do you really mean when you say gritty. If you just mean that there is a blue or green tint to the image, then that is completely different than seeing the three actors in complete silhouette in front of large bay windows , as a single shaft of sunlight focuses our attention on a dead man laying on the floor, through the sky light above.
When I think Gritty, I think
or If you want to stick to the se7even movie, the picture at the top of this page.
If you want it to really be gritty, just pick a single direction of light and commit to only use light that supports that idea. And if the subject is dark, don't be afraid to let him or her be dark (depending on the dramatic moment), as long as there is contrast, and it makes sense. If the director wants more light see what you can do without adding another light source. You can add reflectors, or bounce light, or move the light a little.
If you are using more than one light on an actor, then it's probably not gritty.
If the key light is coming from within 60 degrees of Camera either way, it's probably not gritty. Chances are you probably want to use kickers and backlight, maybe sidelight and bounce light, while avoiding front-light entirely.
Edited by Justin W. King, 18 September 2012 - 02:36 PM.