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#1 Jim Ritscher

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 11:49 PM

What rags do you use/see most often for, say, 12 x 12 overheads? I'm guessing the answer is silent 1/2 grid cloth. ("If you were only going to buy one.")

 

Do you see any problems with  using silent 1/4 grid cloth?

 

Thanks for your help. And yes, I'll take good safety precautions.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 02:03 AM

I don't know if there is a most common strength of overhead diffusing, just like there is no common degree of diffusing for your lights, it all depends on the amount of softening you want.  1/4 Grid isn't a bad choice though if you had to pick only one.  But if you are trying to make sunlight look and feel more like overcast weather or heavy shade, then generally you'd want something like Full Silk or 1/2 Grid.


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Posted 14 December 2014 - 01:22 PM

Great answer. Thanks David. My reason for thinking of 1/4 grid is that I want to knock down the contrast on my actors, but not have the background look ridiculously different (brighter). If anyone else has opinions, feel free.


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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

I find that Half Soft Frost is good for just lightly softening the sunlight, you only lose 1/3 of a stop under it.  1/4 Grid is slightly heavier but stronger, less likely to get damaged.


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