Monday, October 8, 2012

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1 comment:

XSportSeeker said...

About the guy who's shooting video at night in fullHD...
Here's the thing: it depends on what you're using to shoot the video.
It's kind of a clusterf*ck, so here are somethings to think about:
- You'll need some pretty clear glass to capture light in those conditions... so if you're using a dSLR, try to get the lowest f-stop possible on the lenses side;
- LED lights are cheap and bright, but unless you spend a bit on them the range is pretty limited. Meaning that if you don't use lots of them to light several parts of the scene, you can end up with actors in a dark room. And they have to be close to the subject, so open shots are kind of a nono. Given that you need those lights close to them, too much movement will require more lighting;
- If you can choose the date, go for a full moon... more light, less problems with lighting;
- Even if your glass is clear, you'll probably have to use a high ISO setting... at fullHD the graininess will be extremely visible;

The only way I can think of getting a very well lighted scene at night including scenario and actors is limiting the space and using professional lighting, including reflectors, and heavy duty lighting which is very costly even for rent.

Shooting at night has these tons of problems related to generating enough light to fill the scene. What you usually see on movies and videos are videos shot at daylight with post-production treatment. It's one thing to consider if you have a capable post production guy-team... there are tons of tutorials out there.


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