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#1 stephen lamb

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:19 PM

Hey,
I am shooting a dreamy outdoor sequence soon, (i posted in the film stock thread about this sequence as well) and the weather here is turning towards winter a bit earlier than usual. The possibility of it snowing on us is very real, and if so, the director still likes the idea of a snowy scene. so the question is, any tips for shooting snow? I would like to be able to pick up some detail in the snow, but i don't want to blow out the talents skintones. thanks for your help!
Steve
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#2 Mikael Lemercier

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:49 PM

Hi Stephen,
This is just a little tips for shooting snow.
I've seen all the good advices you received in the film stock forum.
7245 for saturation and detail is very good.
For the dreaming scene shoot one stop over the exposure.
To get more detail of the snow, increase your exposure time (faster speed or close the shutter),
and to keep the skin tone, use a Haze filter and a polarizer.
With these ingredients, find your t-stop (if the depth of field permits it). Use ND's filters on top of that, and I would advise you to shoot at Ø 4 max (that will increase the dreaming sensation).
Have a good shoot.
Mikael.
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