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I have the Androokie Magnet Kit for my Astera’s.
It comes with some metal plates, which you can stick to the wall and then mount the tubes to the metal plates.
This is a TV scene I did. Sadly we didn’t had any visable windows. And it also wasn’t thundering.
If you have a window you can push a hard source with Thunder FX trough the window.
If you use Aputure’s Sidus Link you can use multiple sources trough different windows to make it feel more real. The app is pretty good in triggering the effects at the same time.
Oh and I think you get more helpfull comments if you post it in the Lighting forum in stead of Camera forum 🙂
I think it heavily depends on your location. Here is an example of a scene from my rental commercial. We made some exposure with some tubes on the ceiling. And the beam who is pretty strong reflects also some light. Haze also adds some exposure, because you have a 3D softbox kind of thing.
Don’t be affraid that the background is pretty dark.
If your scene is outdoors or next to a window you can add a little blueish backlight which motivates the moon. So the actor is visable.
This screenshot doesn’t have a flashlight. But I think if you light it like this and than add the flashlight it will work!April 4, 2023 at 10:25 pm in reply to: What is a type(s) of lighting equipment you would recommend a dp to own? #202212
It also depends on your budget.
Aputure LS600X + Fresnel as big Key (maybe softbox). LS60X as little spotlight. 2 Astera Titans (one DOPChoice snapbag and one grid). And one Floppy and a Ultra Bounce floppy. Some stands to rig everything.
Will be around €6000,- in total.
This is what I personally brought with me if I had to do a job as cinematographer and want to bring a small package.
I did a short promo video last year and my biggest lightsource back than was also a 2K Tungsten unit.
This is what we achieved with it. Was not really enough, but achieved the effect a bit.
What kind of panels do you have?
What I would do is this:
Led Tube with a snapgrid in the length of the bath from above on a boom arm. Or a kino 4ft 2 bank could also work nice. Because most bathrooms are pretty white negativ fill is your biggest friend here. I would make a black tent to block as much light and to avoid light bouncing (from all the white in the room and bath itself).
With your resources I would do this:
Mount them next to each other to create a long and narrow light. With black cloth block as much of everything what’s not in the frame. And create some barndoors/grid for the led panels so the light is not spilling that much. When I didn’t have the resources I used black t-shirts, tape, black trashbags and that kind of stuff to create snoots/barndoors/grids.
Our biggest challenge was the first feature film I worked on. The timeperiod was about 1785, so the only motivation for lighting was the sun, the moon and candles.
All these sources are a hard light source in the first place. And because they didn’t have other lightsources it was hard to motivate some scenes.
And it was also a very very low budget production, so there wasn’t any real budget for gear. But we had some Aputure lights like: Nova’s, 600D/X’s, tubes, small bi color spots. The Bi-Color was very usefull because all the candle light motivation was very warm.
I sometimes make super large “barndoors” from floppies/cutters.
2 4×4 Floppies on the sides and a long 72″ cutter on the top (and bottom) work against spilling everything.