I can't get enough of this lighting thing...
Posted 08 November 2005 - 06:23 AM
However, I really want to get as much knowledge and experience as possible... I feel both my fundamentals and creative eye could use some work. What are some really good resources that can help speed up my learning process. Is there any specific books or dvds out there that are worth the time and money? I wish I was able to do some grip work on a few big budget films just to get some real world experience. Come to think of it, how hard is it to find some PA work in LA? I have no clue where to start! (I'm in florida, and yes I'd be willing to move out there at some point).
Also,is there any equipment that would be necessary to expand on my kit? Flouro's, c-stands, bounceboards.. etc. I'd love to have something basic and versatile!
Here is a grab from my very first lighting setup:
(I'm using a dvx100 - I also added blurr effect in post and I don't really like it)
Posted 08 November 2005 - 12:57 PM
Posted 08 November 2005 - 01:25 PM
The lighting is simple, warm and nice, but I can't seem to overlook your subject's loose white t-shirt.
If he was wearing darker colors it would look more "professional" in my opinion.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 02:30 PM
Come to think of it, how hard is it to find some PA work in LA? I have no clue where to start! (I'm in florida, and yes I'd be willing to move out there at some point).
You don't need to move to LA to learn lighting and become a really great DP some day. There are lots of great gaffers, cameramen and a thriving film business in Florida. I was once sitting in a production office at Universal in Orlando talking with a PA who was telling me about her plans to go to LA to get into the business. In walked an Assistant Cameraman from LA who had moved to Florida to try to find work there. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Edited by Dickson Sorensen, 08 November 2005 - 02:31 PM.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 03:37 PM
Now as an avid photoshop user I can tell you photoshop has no place in DP. color correction asside it should be all in camera to get the blur you are looking for. Look at his shirt, it has varying patterns of softness and solation. If the image were moving I assume it would look like the lord of the rings effect when he puts the ring on.
Whats more, having the camera naturally blur the background is so much more pleasing, because its real and our eyes register it as real.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 12:31 PM
what disturbs me about that blur is that it is in the foreground as well as in the background.
this looks a bit too unatural for my taste.
instead try shooting fully wide open (if the quality of your lenses allows it) and you'll have some real
unsharpness if your not not going totally wide angled.
and as for the lightning:
my first thought was that the key light and the rim (if it is called like that in english) are both on the left side.
i would have placed the key on right side, leaving the persons left side of the face (from cameras angle) darker,
and have a warmer rim (probably with a half cto, considering youre shooting with tungsten lights and tungsten preset) on the left side, motivated by that practical back there.
but that's just my opinion.
good luck and all that,
i hope you find my critique useful.
Edited by haspel, 09 November 2005 - 12:38 PM.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 02:50 PM
Mario C. Jackson