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djr33

« on: March 15, 2006, 11:07:35 PM »

So... seems like I've gotta figure out lighting. Please share your ideas here, and feel free to start from the basics... seems like I need it ^_^


Here's one shot that I took, of the doors I'll be filming at. This is as bright as I could get with exposure without too much grain... bad cam.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006, 08:04:42 AM »

A) Get some biiig lights?

B) Do DfN?

C) Get smaller lights, but shoot more closeups.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006, 09:36:22 AM »

I recommend you get a couple 300 W lamps...set them up behind the tree-bush-thingies. Aim them at a big peice of whiteboard that reflects back onto the doors. Also, set up a big over-cast light for the forground to add depth. Diffuse them all.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006, 07:28:34 PM »

Cramer's idea is actually similar to what I was going to say, just not in as pretty terms Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006, 07:30:11 PM »

Hm.... alright... noted. I'll see what I can do.
'getting lights' isn't gonna happen... not enough time. I do have some 500w worklights though.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2006, 08:45:52 PM »

Them'll work.

Cramer already stated the best plan, I think.
 
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2006, 09:22:34 PM »

Well, 500W would be really bright in that instance...but can work. You could always do what a lot of people do, make a "ghetto dimmer." It costs litterally like $5 each.

Materials:
A 2x4 about 5-8 inches long.
A 3 prong socket
A wall unit dimmer
A spare extension cord that can be spliced

This is assuming you know enough about electrical work or have someone make it for you. Connect the wall unit to the spliced extension cord. You now have power to it. Wire the dimmer up to the sockets.Drill them and securely fasten them to the 2x4. You have just made your very own "ghetto dimmer."

Plug your lights into them, adjust as necessary. Whala.


The drawback to the "ghetto dimmer" is that it does exactly what a dimmer is designed to do. It bleeds the extra wattage off as heat. So be very careful, and about every 20 to 30 minutes, turn everything off. This is also a good idea to improve the bulb-life of your lights. let everything cool, let your actors cool off from being under the lights. ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher nearby. Don't have one? Buy one, you won't regret it.

Another thing, check the fusebox of your location to see what kind of amperage you'll have access to. I forgot to do that with my last shoot, and couldn't plug in anything over the 500W lamps. In a standard light-kit (standard=school rented) there is a 500W, 750W, and 1000W lamps. This really hindered us. So just keep in mind what you have access to. make sure you won't overload the amp loads of a given room. Disperse the plugs evenly, even to other rooms. This makes sure you won't pop a breaker, or worse, short the fuse.

Just some helpful tips.  :peace:  
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djr33

« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2006, 09:38:55 PM »

Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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djr33

« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2006, 07:05:48 PM »

Well... the shoot went really well and there were no issues. I got around shooting when it was too dark, and the lights were helpful. So... yep. I'll still figure out real lighting for next time around. Just glad I didn't need to this time. Looks good without.

Here's one still from the shoot...
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djr33

« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2006, 07:12:14 PM »

...and the original of that still is here...
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2006, 11:10:16 PM »

Hehe. That's pretty clean! I thought that was real, before I saw the second one.  
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djr33

« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2006, 11:33:01 PM »

'tis the point. yay.
now... tracking. I hate tracking. Ew.
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