I could use some help thinking through my approach on a upcoming project I'll be DP'ing.
Locked down overhead shot shooting straight down on a rectangular dining room table.
People will be placing plates of food on the table. The frame will only show their forearms and hands placing the food. So camera rolls, plates are placed, shot is held for 3 seconds, and cut. We'll be doing the same thing with different table settings all day.
Completely blacked out space with high ceilings and plenty of room.
I like the look of the photo above although we won't be doing the same grade. To me it looks like there is a large source off to the right side.
Red Epic Dragon, Canon 35mm 1.4 ii L, rated at ISO 800.
It's a small production so I'll be playing gaffer and key grip with a couple of guys on standby to help.
My lighting idea:
Originally my thought was to rig a 10x10 ultra bounce above the table and bounce an open face tungsten Arri 2K directly into it and maybe a red head into some foam core off to the side. I'm having trouble picturing what kind of contrast that would give me. I'll have floppies on hand for negative fill if needed.
Another idea would be to try to replicate what I see in the attached photo, so take the 2K Arri and shoot through a 6x6 frame of light grid cloth or Opal 216 off at one end of the table, and use the red head to shoot into a 6x6 ultra bounce directly overhead to bring up the levels?
What do you guys think?
Edited by Shane Aguon, 09 November 2016 - 03:24 PM.