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Shooting inside RV's

Allen Achterberg

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I dont have a lot of time to shoot these things(30mins EXT-30mins INT), so a simple set up, that is battery powered is best. I will include an example so you understand my challenges. All I really need is a soft filler light source to help balance windows (dont need detail in them, just slightly less nuclear) and fill in dark holes. Any Ideas? input would greatly be appreciated. (incase anyone is wondering, powering the practicals inside of these does very little to help and most units dont have day shades to black out sunlight)


EXAMPLE (feel free to skip to the INT stuff about a minute into video)



this was was a little more challenging due to outside light conditions and the way the windows were





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There's quite a few companies which sell cheap battery powered LEDs these days-- all of questionable light quality, but they can do in a pinch pretty well, especially if you're working for daylight balance. Then it's just a question of throwing a color meter on them quickly to see what correction gels are needed.

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I blog for a local rental house in San Diego and I recently measureing LED lights. Out of the bunch of daylight balanced fixtures the Mole-Richardson's seemed to be the best, spectrally speaking. I'll let the data speak for itself.




Power output from hte M-R fixture seems to be decent, but you'll likely need to gel the windows that appear in the shot, just as the other Stuart wrote. It's pretty hard to compete with the sun, unless you do your shooting early in the morning or have the windows angled toward shade.


Then again, maybe you just need to open another window and use a reflector for fill. That would be the cheapest way to do it by far.


Hope this helps.





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