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Sean Rudge

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  1. Hello all, thanks for replying. Had the tests taken place, it was planned that I would look at the IRE levels to see if the tests where successful using a false colour chart to determine if the subjects where receiving the correct exposure. However due to Covid-19 shutting my University, changing the direction of the dissertation project, my time and research needed to be placed elsewhere meaning I couldn’t research the uses of false colour to the extent I wanted to. I was under the impression that no matter the skin tone in the shot, the ideal IRE reading needed to be around 70 with the false colour chart mostly showing grey meaning the shot is exposed correctly? However after the comment Stephen made about different ire levels for each skin tone and Robin’s point of there being no set ire for each tone I’m not to sure I have the right grasp of what IRE levels would be perfect for each skin tone, I suppose the tests would have shed light on this. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into a studio soon to find out! Thanks again Sean
  2. Hello all, thanks for replying! In my initial post I don’t think I’ve explained my plan too well so I’ll just give some more information... The subjects would all be placed infront of the same setup to start with, if they look well lit then I wouldn’t tamper with the setup, however if I believed that there could be improvement, I would then begin to make some changes. For example, if one of the subjects looked overexposed or underexposed, I would try to treat that by changing different variables affecting the light, not the obvious choice (camera settings), hence creating the ‘challenge’. The camera would be set to standard settings for the controlled environment (studio, tungsten fixtures). David, that’s the question I was trying to answer with these tests! And yes I was going to put all subjects in front of the same light before making changes, I forgot to mention that l in the original post. Robin, that’s very surprising to me, would you mind if I referenced your comment in my dissertation as a contradiction to my discussion? AJ, thanks I’ve found the topic really interesting and thank you for the suggestion I’ll definitely check it out!
  3. Hello, I'm currently working on my dissertation project where I'm planning to create a guide on how to light all six skin tones on the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Scale under the three-point lighting setup, also know as the McCandless System. The original plan was to do the tests myself with six subjects, matching the skin tones of the six on the Fitzpatrick scale however due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this has become impossible. In order to continue with this project I have decided to create this guide with methods I would have taken myself, past experience with lighting and potentially some advice from you on this forum! Camera-BlackMagic Cinema Camera EF Lighting Fixture- Tungsten fixture During the tests, only variables would have been changed in order to find the optimal setting for each skin tone, the lighting setup, lighting fixtures and camera would remain the same. If changing different variables doesn't make a difference and the skin tone doesn't look natural in the images captured, the images would be put into an editing software to essentially "cheat" to see if the skin tone can be truly represented in the image. As a finale for the tests, the lightest and darkest skin toned subjects would have been placed next to each other infront of the same equipment and lighting setup, where only variables would have been changed again to attempt to light both skin tones appropriately within the same frame. This guide is not only for my dissertation project as I believe it would help any aspiring Cinematographer or DOP working with a variety of talent with different skin tones. Does anyone have any advice on how they would approach lighting the six skin tones presented only using the three-point lighting method and only changing variables such as gels, scrubs, makeup, etc. also what kind of camera and lighting fixture would you use (must be a tungsten fixture). I hope to reference any suggestions made in my dissertation project so I hope that isn't a problem for anyone, if there are any qualms about this please let me know! Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated on any aspects of the guide, I hope your all keeping safe during this strange time. Thanks Sean
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