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#1 Dominik Bauch

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 05:58 PM

I have no experience working with cyc backgrounds so would appreciate some tips and suggestions.

 

Set up is talent on white cyc bg. 1 wide shot (full body) and a tight shot.

 

I have access to what ever lights I would need within reason but have to make do with a non studio location.

 

Any suggestions for how best to:

 

a) Evenly light the bg and avoid shadows or seams.

 

B) Beauty light the talent in a cinematic way. Can I get away with a nice low key, sidey soft source with a 3:1 contrast ratio or will this look odd in practice over an evenly lit white bg?

Or is a soft top light the way to go?

 

c) What's the best poor mans cyc bg? Can a large silk do the job? Assume that under tension and with some C47's I could get a ground and backdrop.... Talent would probably be too close to the bg though... 

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Dominik

 


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:40 PM

A white cyc tends to imply a white floor connected to a white wall with a curve to create a limbo effect, so it's hard to do that without construction and paint.  Are you talking about just a white backdrop without any floor needed (tighter than full figure)?


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#3 Dominik Bauch

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:49 PM

You're right. I was kind of hoping to fake the cyc curve at floor level. May need to see full figure so floor would be in play.

I need to check out some reference but was hoping for some tips to avoid any common gotchas.


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#4 JD Hartman

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:44 AM

You could try building a cyc, fail and try again or you could look for a studio with a one or two wall hard cyc.  A studio cyc often comes with the benefit of being pre lit.


Edited by JD Hartman, 07 August 2017 - 05:45 AM.

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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:08 AM

You could try a white paper seamless roll:
https://www.bhphotov...Background.html
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