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#1 Indrajith Ramesh

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 05:39 AM

Hiii

I'm from India....i'm an assistant director goin to do a new album of mine.......only one song, and i like to visualize it with low production cost....so i like to know about the cheaper mode of lighting during night.....do avoiding of big lights like hmi and other big lights will be successful?........i'm using a dv cam of sony...
expecting a faster reply from the seniors ........

Thanking you

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:09 PM

You need big lights to light a large area from a distance. Or lots of smaller lights, closer, probably dressed into the shot as spot lights. Doesn't matter if you are shooting in 35mm or DV, the problem is the same -- you need enough light to get a good image.

There are no "cheap" ways of lighting large amounts of space at night unless you happen to find a location with enough natural light.

Some big lights are cheaper than others -- a 10K tungsten is cheaper than a 4K HMI, but the 4K HMI is a little brighter, bluer, and doesn't use as much power.
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#3 stallion49

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:47 PM

You could also try buying cheaper less powerful lights in bulk. Home Depot has cheap lights. Of course you will needs lots of them and because they are so awkward you will need lots of things to control the light as well. Just a thought.
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#4 Indrajith Ramesh

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 08:15 AM

Dear Sir,
Thanks for your valuble suggestion.....Being a student it is more valuble for me.Thanks a lot for your faster reply

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#5 Chris Cooke

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 10:33 PM

Indrajith,
You may have already shot your music video but if not, check this out.
http://www.creationa.../screenings.htm click on "The Huron Carol" Best Music Video

I shot the night scene with only two Arri 650W Fresnels. I gelled the one light with CTB (motivated by the moonlight) and the other with CTO (motivated by the firelight).
If you're shooting fairly tight shots, you can get away with very few smaller lights like this.
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