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360 Coverage: Overhead Lighting with low ceiling (4 replies and 1 comment)

Abou18
1 month ago
Abou18 1 month ago

Hi guys, I'm shooting a live musical performance in a small room and am unsure how to light it. I have limited resources and it seems that the best option would be soft overhead light but I don't know how to set it up in this situation. Maybe put a white cloth on the ceiling and point a light at it from the ground? But I don't want too much spill on the walls. Or a DIY softbox on the ceiling? Thanks in advance.

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Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I am not so familiar with all the possible options but some sort of floated 'blanket light' might be the simplest idea.

Rick Cook
4 weeks ago
Rick Cook 4 weeks ago

A few small Chinese Lanterns with skirts? Super cheap, easy to find and could maybe hang off the side from the sound dampening panels overhead to stay out of frame.

JasonK
4 weeks ago
JasonK 4 weeks ago

I would put some practical lamps in the shot and use the production design to motivate the lighting. Otherwise it'll be kinda bland. 

JasonK
4 weeks ago

I've learned that in small places that don't have windows sometimes the best approach to lighting is production design : )... also may be truthful in every other situation... location --> Design --> Lighting

SeanBoyd
5 days ago
SeanBoyd 5 days ago

Practical lamps on the outside would be neat. That way they'd backlight the folks closest to them and fill the faces of the folks across the room, ever so slightly. You'll get cool shadow play as musicians move, as well.

If you do that but the whole room still needs a lift, a china ball in the middle on a dimmer will help.

I've flown a bounce in the middle of a bunch of musicians and shot a light up into it, but it was annoying to shoot around the light on the floor in the middle of the room with a big snoot on it. So that might not be an option for you. The light quality was lovely, though.

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