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Lighting on a sunny day outside (3 replies and 1 comment)

ravikantrai
2 months ago
ravikantrai 2 months ago

Hi Roger, new member here! So happy to finally have an account on your site, thank you! This might sound like a silly question to you but when you're shooting outside on a sunny day, bright summer day, let's say, do you not use any artificial lighting equipment? Sometimes I see soft shadows falling on actors' faces. Just curious if you do anything for shots like that.

Thank you!

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I will use additional lighting though I will more often use large reflectors that catch the ambient daylight rather than lamps. When I use a lamp it will be bounced on similar reflector or projected through a heavy diffusion in an attempt to get a soft a source as possible. I really don't like it when I have a hard shadow from the natural sunlight and a secondary source of my own making creates another shadow.

ravikantrai
2 months ago

Thank you very much! I appreciate the time you take to do this for everyone.

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

Master roger generally how do you eliminate the dark eye shadow without use artificial lamp and when you cannot shoot proper sun light angle. I did try to polystyrene to eliminate the shadow. But it need more strong light to reduce the ugly shadows. Here i want to ask one thing if you want to use lamp for exterior day time how would you go with sun light angle? I mean the sun is always too high and what about lamp height? Do you height up the lamp equally for subjects heights or as much as possible for fully height towards sun light? Some times short peoples only playing around and sometimes tall and short people's playing, Even if you are interior in this situation how do use lamp? Will you put some lamp at short peoples height and some lamp tall level?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I imagine you are talking about a lamp that is aimed directly at a character to fill their face, which is something I would never do. When I have to use a lamp I will always use a bounce source or a large diffusion frame.

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