Jumat, 24 Agustus 2012

Film Lighting - How To Take Care Of The Basics

Camera Controls

The first phase is to understand how your camera works, and the several functions and controls it has. These exist so you can regulate them and create the best possible effects that match your vision.

You must understand that, your camera can capture more light by just using three simple functions.

First, is the gain. This control enables you to generate an image that is brighter. However, be very careful. Your picture can potentially get really granulated and almost too rich if you let the gain sit at a very high position.

The second phase to be mindful about is the control in your camera that regulates the amount of light that the sensor is receiving from the lens. You can find this control inside a little opening in your camera.

The last phase is the ND filter. Its role is that of controlling the quantity of light. It plays the part of a gatekeeper, and your job is to let it know how much light you want it to allow to get into the lens, which will then hit the chip.

Be Aware Of The Light That Comes In Naturally

You must check the set where you're shooting, and be conscious of all the light sources, and the exact amount of light you have available in your surroundings that you can play with, and utilize in your favor.

Usually what happens at an indoor shoot is that there's never enough natural light available. So, first step is to switch on all of the light sources. Look at overhead lamps, windows, table lamps, etc. If any window is covered by shades, be sure to open these up to let the light enter the room.

Remember, you want to have as much light as possible, and then block it off if needed.

Increase Or Diminish The Light Intensity

This is a basic and also a major point to understand with lighting. If you have too much light, you will have to decrease. If, on the other hand you have too little light, you will have to find ways to up the intensity.

For example, if you are shooting outside, always have a reflector with you. This is such a multi-use tool. You can easily utilize it to reflect back the sun into your subject's face and have it act as a secondary and additional light source. By doing this you are increasing the light level, getting rid of unwanted shadows, and creating a much more pleasant environment and end product, overall.

Should you be shooting in a studio or indoors, always be mindful of placing light closer to the subjects. A rookie mistake is not realizing that your set may not have enough light. Sometimes the simplest solutions come along with noticing small details. Remember, bring the lights closer. Always aim for having more light, and you can regulate down from there.

Solving Basic Problems

Very simply put, always be prepared. As you probably know by now, you can never be too prepared when it comes to film. Prepare your crew as well. Let them know about all the problems that you may anticipate and all the things that could potentially go wrong. And ask them to think for themselves, so if anything falls outside of the plan, they can be quick on their feet to solve it.

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