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Thoughts on Production Pt. 2: Lighting

Over the past few months of filming we've had a lot of chances to play with lighting.

We've had to contend with large bay windows for our Local Film Talk shoots.  Originally I thought we'd have to use our LED worklight to balance it out, but our halogen lights did just fine.

Interviewing Spencer Fox for Local Film Talk

Interviewing Spencer Fox for Local Film Talk

For our interview of Mike Rollinson for Das Beer Show it took us a while to get our lighting setup just right.

Original lighting setup

Original lighting setup

Final lighting setup

Final lighting setup

The trick to getting a professional look seems to be backlighting.  It seperates the subject from the background and adds dimension to the image.

We really nailed it at the Fullsteam shoot.  And this time we did use the LED worklight for the highlights:

I think it worked really well.

On a side note, this past Friday I joined The Nightly Grind for a shoot involving a green screen.  Working with green screens in tight quarters (like someone’s dining room) is difficult.  The cloth has to be lit evenly to get a good key, but it’s hard to avoid light spill and hotspots when your backlights for your subjects are setup right next to your green screen.

Eventually we solved the problem by moving the subjects forward as close to the camera as we could while still getting our wide shot, thus allowing us to move the lights away from the screen a little.

I hope that helps anyone struggling with lighting on their project.  If you have any thoughts or tips please share them in the comments below.

Back to work.  Lots of new footage to edit.

Bob.