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#1 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 09:52 PM

We have a shoot this Friday where we have to get alot of shots of people talking inside a silver VW Bug. How should we light it? On the last shoot we had no power so we had to put a black fabric over the hood to keep the light down and cut out reflections on the windshield. We used a gold reflector to bounce light through the right window as if the sun was on that side. The actress on the left side had such pale skin we had to block light from coming in on her face so that she wasn't blooming compared to the tanned skined actor on the right. We put tinted film over the rear window, used a circular polarizer to cut down on reflections from the silver hood, and I turned the gamma setting down on our sony dsr 500. It was a clear sky day so needless to say this was hard. I guess if money were no object when we do it again I would bring a power generator, rent a HMI to light through the right window, and buy a gradiant nuetral density filter. Any thoughts?
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