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  1. Hi everyone, I've seen different topics here talking about lighting during an overcast day, but I couldn't find a case close to mine. For a commercial, which will unfortunately happen during an overcast weather and even maybe during raining days, I was wondering how can we light a very wide shot. The space to light is about 100m deep on 15m wide. I attached a picture of the frame, so you can realize better. I was thinking of using some HMI, but I just can't know how many do I need and which wattage. It could be great if some of you have some inputs to
  2. Dear All, I have been wondering and testing how light stacks and its correlation to light fall off. The term 'stack' is most likely wrong, what I mean by it is when two beams of light overlap does the luminance value say foot candles in this instance add up? It makes sense as for example a maxi brute or other Fays that have several lower wattage lamps such as 1k's or 650's add up to produce a larger output. So for instance if I had several Par64 cans and rigged them in an array in which the distance between fixtures was minimal the total output would be the addition of all the outputs of
  3. Hey there everyone! I am a colombian film student and wannabe cinematographer and I am looking for some advise for an upcoming short film me and some classmates are preparing. So I am going to be the DP for this short and in terms of lightning I am looking to have an aesthetic close to the images I attached below for the interior daylight scenes. Logic tells me that to achieve this I should have some strong key lights motivated from the windows on the characters and expose to those bright areas of the face, so everything else will be darker to achieve that high contrast ratio. We´ll probably h
  4. Hello, I just got an order of Litemats Spectrum 1 and 2. I also got a single gold mount battery plate to PL4 to power those litemats on Battery. My question is: How would you power such a light off a gold mount battery? What would be the minimum requirements of that battery to be able to turn on the light? I know it is possible since the accessory is sold by Litegear themselves in order to power the Litemat 1 and 2 Spectrum via a single Gold-mount battery... I'm asking since I tried using a 160WH 14.8v and the light won't turn on. (I would use those batteries to successfully power the Lit
  5. Hello everyone! As jobs get bigger, the need for a floorplan software gets bigger. What kind of software are you using? And on which platform are you working?
  6. Hi, We are two technicians working in the film industry in France (a grip guy and a gaffer) and we just discovered this very interesting forum. We particularly noticed that gaffers and cinematographers were asking questions about light output and what aperture is obtained at a certain distance. It happens that with the help of two IT engineers we developed an iOS app responding to this question about 2 years ago. First and for all, we’re not going to post messages everywhere on this forum to sell our app nor are we going to pollute your threads to gain in visibility. We just think s
  7. Hi! I'm studying cinematography in Spain and I'm gonna be DoP in a school short film. I have to design a lighting for a dance sequence with a couple dancing slowly together. It's gonna be shot in studio, we have multiple tungsten about 1KW, 2KW, also Velvet light panels, fresnel HMI 1KW, 2KW. One requirement is that it must be a theatrical light. I have thought about hanging lights on the characters, adding smoke, and coloring the backgrounds with jellies. There is also the possibility of getting light through a false window. I wold like to incorporate neon lights, led strips, or something lik
  8. I will be doing a shoot in jungle. I want to know how can I control the day outdoor light. The weather condition around here is sometimes rainy and hard sunlight. I want to do various scene in different lighting, so please help on how I can create the different lighting scene 1. diffused lighting on character and the surrounding trees. 2. hard side light to fall in character face. 3. using top sun light for a day murder scene. ( i want to use a lot of highlight in the scene, how it would be as using top sun light? and what precaution are required ) Kindly help me with what
  9. Hello, When you are metering a scene, do you meter for the camera's dynamic range, or for the 6 stops in SDR or the 13+ stops in HDR? For instance, if your camera has 6 stops of highlight dynamic range, and 8 stops of shadow dynamic range, do you keep everything in your scene between those 14 stops or do you keep everything in between the lets say 6 stops of standard dynamic range? I hope this question makes sense! Thanks in advanced to anyone who can help! - Matt
  10. hi everybody! i'm Marco, dop from italy. i'm going to shoot a short movie set in 1840: night, indoor, one big room. One of the options (due to logistic and creative choices) is to light up the set only with the candles. we'll use an alexa mini and i'm looking for the best lenses at full aperture (1.4T, i think), so possibly with less aberration, softness, low contrast... in this interview, Gavin Finney explains advantages and disavantages of shooting in canldelight in 2015. i really love is work and i found out that they shoot with Leica Summilux-C. Onestly, i d
  11. Hi Guys, How they made this effect, should be a spot light but as it has so much power and the line is quite clear. Can you help me ? Thanks
  12. Hey everyone! If you have a spare moment, check out this 2min film I shot called ‘Land of Steel’ Shot in Port Talbot late last year 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿👍 With Blade Runner (1982), Ridley Scott drew his vision of the future from this surreal and vast location. LAND OF STEEL https://vimeo.com/260825061 Supported by Michael Sheen - https://goo.gl/6zwXFF Thank you very much hope you enjoy! ✌️ Lee
  13. Hi all, I was recently introduced to the wide range of image profile (dynamic range) options on industry cameras. I understand that a low dynamic range gives you less tonal range and high gives you higher, but under what circumstances would you want a lower dynamic range versus higher? I was also told that you have to be an experienced colour grader to shoot high dynamic range, can anyone shed light on this? Thanks.
  14. Hello! As a very little experienced cinematographer, I have been hired to work on a very small budget short movie. It will take place in the countryside at a bus stop next to the road during the night. I talked with the director about the look and tone of the lighting and we agreed to go for a specific look. The bus stop will be lit using something like one or two Kino Flo 2 bank located at the top (like this scene from the TV series 'Dark'). For the rest of the shots where the two characters will not be in the bus stop, I want to create the kind of look we can find in the photog
  15. Hi everyone I am Mohamed From Cairo and my question is about light equipment for women shoes shoot lighting setup. I have frequent women shoes photography sessions, I need light setup equipment that i can use it frequently and easily any recommendations ? best regards Mohamed El-Fallal Thanks
  16. What is the downside to using an incident light meter to set my exposure for video? I've been doing it for about a month and it has been working well for me so far; but I'm a rookie—those of you with much more experience—what can go wrong in video when measuring light with an incident meter rather than using the various camera exposure tools? I'm mainly concerned with ensuring that faces look the same from shot to shot. The problem I'm trying to solve is that my style generally includes a fair bit of back and edge lighting which often freaks out the waveform monitor, the RGB parade, and t
  17. Hey all, This has been a question I've had for a while. Are there a specific type of globe/light source that is commonly used to replace practical bulbs? I.e. If you're trying to reach a certain exposure, and want to use practicals, where could one find an assortment of different globes to reach a certain light level? Thanks!
  18. Hey guys, so I have a shoot that requires a shot at the bottom of the ocean. I wont have access to a tank but I may have access to an aquarium (a very big one lol) I can easily make it pass for ocean. however! ive never shot similar and im wondering what lighting ill need to replicate a bit of sun coming through the water in the lower angle shots. the aquarium is 11m deep. Is there a rule for falloff in water? thanks ! K
  19. Hello, any idea of how to light this bedroom night scene!? 1- large window behind actors that will be visible in the wide shot as background. 2- smaller windows on each side but right right side will be used and will be seen. ps: it is raining outside. director wants it lit naturally from outside Very light bluish white with a practical lamp on the left side of the bed but i am worried that the window is exactly behind them. i have a distance of 15feet outside of the window. shooting with red scarlet mx, 800 ASA. Rokinon Lenses. Attached is the location.
  20. Hi everybody, I have a big doubt about White balance. I know how it works with the tungsten light, fluorescent or HMI but my question is: what WB I have to setting in camera if I have colored light (with gels) as key light? what is the best setting to maintain a good skin tones? For example, in the picture below.. (lighting with kinoflo + pink gel) Thank you so much for your help
  21. Hello everyone! I'm back on this Forum with another question! Hopefully some of you will be able to help me out, it'll possibly seem like a very simple thing to do but I have no idea how to! I'm about to shoot a trailer next month and I got shots that takes place at night, a character is standing a few feet away from a long fire line, and I'd like the entire scene to be lit by the fire light, the thing is, I doubt the actual fire will be enough to lit the character as much as I'd like to, he'll be a bit too far from the fire. Any idea of how I could simulate the light of flames?
  22. Hi All! As a student, each projects means a way to stretch myself further. If I'm not trying something new (or a little bit scared) on a project then I feel like I'm not taking steps forward. Lately I've been doing pretty in-depth floor plans and 2D pre-vis, and it has been working wonders for every project. However, I'm still working to get exactly what I want in my head to paper, so that on set my images are not a surprise. Is there a way I can tell how many foot-candles a certain light will output? I'm wanting to essentially know exactly how powerful a light I'll need to expos
  23. Hi everyone. I'm looking for advice on lighting interviews with a tiny crew (2-3 people) out at sea on a small 30-40ft boats. I'm frequently booked on these gigs but I find that 99% of the time I never dig the look of the interviews. It's always a matter of finding what looks the least bad. For most EXTs (on land) I'll backlight and try to shoot into a BG that's in the shadows...but of course on a boat there aren't any shadowed BG's, except maybe a tiny part of the deck. Most times we end up settling for front lighting the subject and holding a foldable silk to diffuse the light a bit,
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olwYxXWHBz8 This is a scene from Peaky Blinders and I'm interested to find out what lighting techniques they have used to achieve this look and possibly what equipment and practicals have been put in place for the contrast lighting shown. Did they use a haze machine?
  25. Hi Everyone, I'm moving to South America in May and the time has come for me to purge items I simply can't take with me and/or never use. I'm sure many of you know this is painful. But there is no sense in me keeping these items in storage. I've tried to price them as low as I can to get rid of them quickly. There is some wiggle room for some of the more expensive items. Deals can be made if buying several items. I use Stripe for payments which accepts most credit cards. I do have some of these items on Etsy as well for those who feel more comfortable using it to pay. $900: Firs
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