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#1 David Calson

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:15 PM

Hi,

 

     I'm filming an interview.  The client wants a window as the background.  The subject is a young female.  I want to light her with front, soft light, but the big umbrella will be in the shot.

The ceiling isn't very high so I can't raise the light until it's out of the shot.  Perhaps I could put some white cloth on the ceiling and aim a light at it?  Any other ideas?   


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#2 Carl King

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:02 AM

If it were me I'd try to convince the client to change the shot. You'll probably have color temperature strangeness, too -- since you probably have tungsten behind the umbrella and daylight outside.

You could also break the glass out of the window (haha).

Although I'd guess someone out there has a better solution.

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#3 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:09 AM

You,ll more than likely have a huge exposure difference to deal with.. 99% of the time when the director says interview in front of a widow its time to run...  but if its all ND,ed.. I have used black flags to "hide" lamp reflections..   put them between the light and window obviously.. close to the light usually best..  watch for camera /red record light reflection too..(best turned off anyway if your camera has one)..   you,ll need fire power so I would go for an HMI .. and that deals with CB problems too..


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#4 Mark Dunn

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 05:26 AM

The camera doesn't have to be perpendicular to the glass. Moving a few degrees could put the reflection out of shot.


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#5 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 10:41 PM

I don't think  few degrees will  help..   but yes a big angle change could do it.. 


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#6 Doug Palmer

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:10 AM

Would some dulling spray help on the glass ?  Or possibly a polariser on lens ?


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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:43 PM

You can also raise the lights above the frame line- or lower them below it.

You can also also just put up a big black frame-- like an 8x8 which should fit in most places-- and cover it in some cheap black fabric and cut a hole for the lens.

Polas can help at certain angles, to a certain extent

 

 

Or you can back faaaarrrr away and use a longer lens and a wider F stop in a mid type shot to throw the whole background out of focus.

 

There are tons of ways of attacking this problem-- but it's all kind of impossible to do or comment on without seeing the room, knowing the shot knowing the budget.

 

Hell you could go crazy and shoot a green screen behind her then key in the background but that's also no fun etc.


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