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#1 Martin Dallas Winston Schmidt

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:33 AM

Hello,

 

for an video art project, I want to emulate those Thomas Ruff photographs. I attached two pictures.  

Maybe someone has some good advice for me how to light those scenes. I got four of ARRI 1000 PLUS MAN.

 

Thanks,

 

Martin

 

Bild-1.jpg Bild-2.jpg

 

 

 


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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:31 AM

Well it's pretty flat, frontal, soft lighting. If you look at the catch-light in the eyes, he's using 2x lights up front both look to be some kind of beauty dish.

On the Arri you could use 4x4s of Silk, or lite-grid to the left and right of subject. Then you just need to light the background evenly. Moving the subject as far away from the BG as possible will also help to kill spill.


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#3 John E Clark

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:07 AM

My guess is two flash heads with 10 inch reflectors pointed into umbrellas for 'bounce' and soft flooding of light.

 

The Wife use to do that a lot, until we got a large 4x4 softbox which she would place right over the camera. She tended to use 400 Ws at about f/5.6 or f/8.

 

The biggest problem I've had with moving to 'moving pictures' is that with flash one can dump an awful lot of light into the shot... fairly easily... not so easy with continuous lights...


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