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Eric Gesualdo

Best method for exposing for an interior scene while maintaining an image through windows?

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Here's a question regarding artistic choice: do you need to see out of the window?

Of course it adds depth, but there are tons of examples of just blowing out the windows, covering them with drapes/curtains, the windows are so dirty you can't see any details, etc etc etc. Deakins did it on Bladerunner (link, you'll have to log in to view) and it looked great.

What are everyone's personal reasons for/against this?

Of course, it depends on the look/style of the film.

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I mean, there are times when you have to shoot night for day on location, so the only thing you can do is cover the windows with 1000H tracing paper and blast them with backlight. Otherwise, I'd usually prefer to see at least a hint of texture outside or in the sheers, even if it is very overexposed.




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