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#1 Ian Drake

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:00 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

I am working on a small personal project that requires me to shoot dusk/night landscapes. I am fairly new to lighting for video-my trade is photography-so despite doing my best I am at a standstill. Unfortunately I don't know if the style is feasible to repeat with video without going into the realm of fairytale budgets, so I figured I'd ask some people who knew better that myself. 

 

My idea is similar stylistically to these photos that use gels and flashes:

 

http://www.flickr.co...lle/8675736289/

 

http://www.flickr.co...lle/8671423006/

 

http://www.flickr.co...lle/8692884308/

 

What type, power and amount of  lights would you use if you were shooting something like that? I have access to film equipment locally, I just am really just stuck on that technical issue. 

 

Feel free to answer with as much technical jargon as you want! Any help you guys can give would be greatly appreciated in getting this off the ground!

 

Thanks,

 

Ian


Edited by Ian Drake, 29 October 2013 - 07:02 PM.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Depends on if you have to shoot at a normal frame rate for moving subjects like people, otherwise if it's a shot of just static objects, you can use longer exposure times.  Also depends on how sensitive your camera is and how fast your lens is.

 

If you are talking about shooting at 24 fps w/ a shutter time of 1/48th on 500 ASA film with a lens that opens to f/2.8, you'd need quite a lot of light and a generator to power them, and you wouldn't get the glow in the sky to expose that well.


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#3 Stephen Selby

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:33 AM

You might be able to use your car headlights with some diffussion material over - as long as you can get the car into the correct position!


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