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Episode 4 - Practical Lighting (4 replies)

James
1 year ago
James 1 year ago

One thing Roger does a lot of is using practicals to light a scene. We talk about what practicals are, why and when to use them and how to make sure they will work well in the scene.

I will say one thing, just between us, I would never dare go out and buy a lamp for our house on my own. When we were first married, I almost did but when I came home and I told him about the light and got grilled over the height, the color of the lamp shade and how that lamp color would work in the room, I had the startling realization that I would never be able to buy a lamp on my own again! The idea of making the wrong choice and causing him to suffer was just too great a risk!

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M-A-T-T
1 year ago
M-A-T-T 1 year ago

Hi Roger, I was wondering on your view about shooting daytime interiors with practicals such as table lamps switch on when in real life those lamps would not be switched on because the room is bright enough from the daylight through the window so it doesn't make logical sense for them to be on in the scene. I guess the view DP's come to is that it's worth it for the colour contrast and they think most viewers wouldn't be bothered about it. Do you have any thoughts on this?

The Byre
1 year ago
The Byre 1 year ago

I told him about the light and got grilled over the height, the color of the lamp shade and how that lamp color would work in the room, I had the startling realization that I would never be able to buy a lamp on my own again! 

My wife is married to a nutter like that, only in our house, it's sound!

M-A-T-T
1 year ago
M-A-T-T 1 year ago

Still interested if you’ve got an opinion on this but I may have answered my own question in my original post.

Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

If it 'feels' OK and I think it will help a scene then I will have a practical on. Who is to say a practical could not be on? People do strange things.

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