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Shooting a tanning bed

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I got a last minute job where we are shooting a scene in a tanning bed, most of the shots are with the tanning bed a few feet away from camera but its always on. Some shots are with the lens in the tanning bed. Now we don't have time to test or change bulbs or fake it.

So wanted to ask if anyone had experience on shooting around such a heavy UV device?

Thanks and best!


Miguel Bunster Claudet


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Do you have an actor in the bed too? If it were just a quick shot of the bed, I'd say leave the lamp off until you roll, then turn it off.


But a scene? An actor in the bed? Crew near the bed? No. You need to fake it,


I recently shot a scene in a medical clinic where they had a UV lamp used for disinfecting the room. We wanted to use the lamp to light the scene as it looked really cool. The doctor said no, too dangerous. We ended up using our own lamp in it's place with a strong blue gel.


Sometimes you need to say no.

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I thought and everyone that i was over reacting but I turned it off as much as possible because we were there a few hours shooting with the bed but it was 90% of the time off. Did some research of how the beds work and its a lot of UVA light.


Thanks for your reply!




Miguel Bunster

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