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Feathering Light? (1 reply and 5 comments)

SarahHogencamp
2 weeks ago
SarahHogencamp 2 weeks ago

Hey Roger,

I've been experimenting with creating really soft light to really "paint with light". I'm curious: How often do you feather the light, work on the edge of the light or bounce your light on to your actors vs shining your light (even diffused) directly on your actors? Or what's your favorite way to create soft light on actors?

Scott_David_Burk
1 week ago
Scott_David_Burk 1 week ago

I’m an experienced stills photographer, but new to filmmaking. One of my favorite setups is a 36” parabolic softbox at about 45 degrees between camera and subject, heavily feathered with an 82” umbrella behind the camera for a little fill. 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/5D5B3E83-9357-49F9-8C69-D3EE9D618164.jpeg
Mike
1 week ago

Very nice, reminds me of a Rembrandt painting. Did you use a dimmer or did you “tweak” it in post. Really lovely except for his black “T” shirt which I found distracting. Superb photography imo.

fukuichi
1 week ago

Nice picture thank you! Did you cut the light to the back? How did you do it?

Scott_David_Burk
6 days ago

Thanks, Mike. Good catch on the tee shirt - I didn’t even notice it. I used strobes; the lighting ratio was probably about 4:1, key to fill. I had to hang a black sheet on the wall, camera-left because too much light was bouncing back from the key.

Fukuichi, thank you. I didn’t flag the light at all. The key light was far enough from the background and feathered so it was completely perpendicular to the background, that there wasn’t much spill.

Mike
6 days ago

Btw, I do like your name, sounds important. Obviously you are or will be!
I will pencil you in my little red book, you never know!

fukuichi
5 days ago

Scott,thank you for teaching it!

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