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#1 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 05:36 PM

What are some good shots and lighting ideas for shooting students working in bio chemical engineering?

One that comes to mind is of course backlit chemicals in glasses.
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#2 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 06:38 PM

Just found out that there will be three scenes.

One will be a clean room (Just like the white room that you see the guys in white suits manufacturing Intel chips in) I have been told it has some sort of weird warm light. Since I can't enter I will be stuck outside shooting through some window. Not sure what I will do about color balance, probably will take a LCD monitor and adjust preset color balance on my DSR500.

Another scene will be a fermenting room. Probably to large to light solely with my lights. And probably either flourescents or mercury vapor lights.

What do you guys think since they want me to work fast, and only add light where its needed?

Should I just add a junior light with the correct color balance gel to key closeups to take away the flat look?

What would be some good compostions to show the Lab Techs at work?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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#3 Alvin Pingol

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 02:17 AM

I find heavily-gelled (red, blue) backlights tend to work well on subjects in white labcoats, especially if the scene is lit low-key.
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Posted 25 August 2005 - 09:46 AM

I agree, adding color usually adds interest to these shots. Likewise, look for camera angles and compositions that are interesting without being distracting, perhaps framing the action between pieces of lab equipment, or seeing equipment/readouts reflected in safety eyeglasses, etc.
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