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Lighting setup - tungsten to daylight (3 replies and 4 comments)

TomRiechart
2 weeks ago
TomRiechart 2 weeks ago

Hi all,

I'm shooting a scene this weekend in a living room.We added a floor plan that explain the light set up that we are thinking to do. We want to make a feeling of a winter day with passing clouds, and we want to do it with tungsten light, were not sure if this light set up Is strong enough for lighting a room as the reference in the frame that we added shows.

Thank you all!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/A369965F-D3F4-4B49-B337-5FDB997902D6.jpeg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/F6963340-2EEB-42DB-9D59-78D3070F8A2B.jpeg
Harry Lime
2 weeks ago
Harry Lime 2 weeks ago

I'm not an expert, but that doesn't look like enough units to light up a room, the output of a 2k fresnel is incredibly small, I think they mainly use those to light an actor's face . Why not gel the windows with frost diffusion and maybe use something like a couple of 12k HMI (or maybe something a little bigger?) for both windows . I've honestly never seen a film where the lighting had passing clouds through a window, most of the time windows are blown out, but if its crucial to the story, sounds like a more complicated set up. 

Harry Lime
2 weeks ago

You say winter, and then passing clouds. That's odd, when I think winter, I mainly think overcast....

TomRiechart
2 weeks ago

Yes, I mean overcast forget about the passing clouds, but if we say I want to create a really cloudy atmosphere and use this lighting setup and work only through one window not both as in the example does it work? I'm not looking for a very bright look here It’s should be in low key but not so under expose

Thank you for your answer!

GongZhikun
2 weeks ago

I'm not sure. I don't mean anything else. I just want to make sure.
Spreading through the windows, as you said, rather than creating reflected light outside the house, will the former cause the light to scatter around the room and get out of control, and I think the latter will have a better sense of direction when it passes through the window.
Easier to control.
I'm not sure which of the two would be better.

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I think your concept is a good one but the lamps you are choosing lack the output. When I had any doubt I would always ask for a little more that I felt safe with.

TomRiechart
1 week ago

First of all thank you Roger for your answer.

About our project, luckily we use a camera that has the option of dual native iso, 800 or 3200, so if you say that the power is not strong enough we can just work at high ISO and solve the problem right?
Our budget can't afford get more power of tungsten or HMI.

And thanks again for the answer.

TomRiechart
3 days ago
TomRiechart 3 days ago

Hi guys, This is the result if you want to see.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/03FFE82E-5A3D-4833-A95C-B7497777855A.jpeg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/6D65373A-083C-4FAB-A524-B5A208BDD03E.jpeg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/E6033472-A32C-49E2-B261-F229EB9D5A33.jpeg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/DC50E28F-54DB-46C4-A81E-02C428C251FB.jpeg
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