Reducing number of lights (7 replies and 5 comments)
I’m not at the level of many of you here and certainly don’t work on the scale of productions many of you do. I’ve been plucking along quietly, learning. Im finally lighting with only 3 or 4 lights now, sometimes 2! I’m enjoying the simplicity.
Cool! How did you light these shots?
The launderette shot is a 1x1 bounced into a white ceiling with a peacock blue gel to give the room tone and another 1x1 with diff and grid on her.
Second shot is an Amran 200 with a soft dome and grid hitting the side of his face. Negative fill on the other side, 1x1 with peacock blue for room tone, small pocket LED on the wall behind him where there is a practical (candle).
Third shot aputure 600d through the window, 1x1 with gel bouncing for room tone, 1x1 with gel coming through the back door way, white cloth on a table in front of him to act as a practical bounce for the 600d.
The drinking shot 600d through window hitting that white practical bounce on the table. I think I did do a 1x1 bounce with gel for room tone, and 1x1 in the hallway behind him to do the yellow tungsten light.
All LED workflow, mainly because of time constraints, partly because I like to embrace new tech that makes life easier
Awesome. I really enjoy seeing how flexible Aputure and other LED lights can be, especially given their relative affordability. Really cool. What kind of 1x1 are you using?
I have a set of 4 feloni panels. They do the job nicely
Great work! It's not really about the number of lights. In fact I find that I mostly use a larger number of lights when I'm lighting a large space, but I've been working a long time, and still only one 1-3 lights at any given time. The right number of lights is the number it takes to make the shot look great.
Thanks, yeah I’m just coming to learn this now. I see a lot of people who are just starting out make the mistake of overthinking things and draw up complex lighting charts. I myself was guilty of this in the beginning. I’m really enjoying my progression at the moment, taking a step back and thinking about what the story needs, and it isn’t often a load of complex light set ups.
I think it was James Wong Howe who said, at around the age of 80, he started out using dozens of lights and was now down to ten. He wished he had more years so that he could get down to one. It may have been James Wong Howe or it may have been another of the 'greats' but that seems to be a regular theme.
That’s great. I can’t wrap my head around the fact he worked on over 130 films
Picasso - "Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up. It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
Jordan Cronenweth: “A lot of new camera people make the same mistake - they overlight. You can light very simply and still have a very effective result.”
That quote is from an interview here: https://pdfhall.com/jordan-cronenweth-benjamin-b_5b292461097c47d3248b45a7.html»
It's posted in a PDF format so you can download it. The article also features a single source setup diagram, along with comments from Conrad Hall and John Toll.
This is so good, thanks for sharing.
Excellent, thanks for this