How do you narrow in on the exact setup to use for a shot? (2 replies and 2 comments)
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?
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.
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!
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!
Hahahahahaha I would certainly have asked you that if you hadn't added that last part. Thank you Roger!