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How do you narrow in on the exact setup to use for a shot? (2 replies and 2 comments)

ravikantrai
2 weeks ago
ravikantrai 2 weeks ago

Hi Roger, I was just wondering how do you come to the final lighting setup for a shot? I mean, do you try out several setups on location, changing light placement and lock on one that looks the best to you? Is this time consuming for you?

Thank you

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

There is seldom little time to 'try out' a lighting set up, other than anything placed on the floor and easily moved. That's why I always do my homework for a complex set or location and make my decision before the shoot day.

ravikantrai
2 weeks ago

Thanks Roger, you must have a vast visual database to already imagine what a scene will look like without physically placing lights in a location!

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I think it is a matter of looking at light and just trying to replicate what you have seen. Sometimes you might want to exaggerate what the reality might really be but until you have a range of possible outcomes you can't make a choice. The technical aspects of lighting you can learn from a book. Not that I know a good book ... before I am asked that question!

ravikantrai
1 week ago

Hahahahahaha I would certainly have asked you that if you hadn't added that last part. Thank you Roger!

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