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#1 Anais Lorie

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:45 AM

Hey All,

 

I'm shooting a short at the end of the month. The whole shoot takes place inside a crypt. It is a created world, quite stylised. 

 

The light coming from outside will have no specific angle like the sun, but be a continuous gold atmos light. Due to budget I cannot buy multiple sheets of gold to test so I would love some advice form people who have more knowledge. I'm looking for a gel that will add gold and warmth to tungsten lights. A deep gold that still allows good transmission (we do not have big lights) and that does not push skin-tones too much

 

The lighting inside the crypt 'office space' will be regular tungsten with possibly 1/8 of CTB to create more contrast.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:26 PM

On a budget i would use CTC to give you that Orange /Golden look maybe a half go by what your eyes see you may need to double that . Do a white balance to 3200k . And maybe use a 1/4 1/2 CTB . Have fun .
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#3 Anais Lorie

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

Do you have a more specific gold gel in mind? I have enough to buy gels but not to buy samples to bring to a studio and test with lights.

 

 

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:11 AM

Anais first i should have said CT0 not what i put . There are lots of different Gold Gels the best thing to do is get a swatch book from Rosco or Lee Filters and see what they have .
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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:25 AM

CTS (Colour Temperature Straw) might be another option if the CTO isn't working for you but usually CTO is more easily available.

 

I'm not sure quite what you are meaning by gold however. Perhaps a gold reflector could help you out too especially if you are doing something more stylised.

 

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Edited by Freya Black, 06 January 2014 - 05:28 AM.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

101 yellow might give you the yellowness of gold and you can different layers if cto (which is hopefully easily borrowed instead of bought) to add the orangeness?
Dunno.
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:45 AM

Everybody has a different definition of what a "golden" light should be! CTO and CTS are the most readily available gels so I'd say it's the easiest way to go on a budget. Bouncing on gold reflectors seems like a very good option to me as well.

You can also play on white balance and dimming the lights.

If you go to your local rental house or expendables store you can get a gel swatch book for free.


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#8 Freya Black

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:24 AM

If you go to your local rental house or expendables store you can get a gel swatch book for free.

 

Worth a try! However here in the UK, Gel Swatch books became a paid for item some time ago.

You never know tho, some places might have freebies! :)

 

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Edited by Freya Black, 10 January 2014 - 05:25 AM.

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