November 18, 2014 at 1:11AM


INT. ROOM - DAY lighting

Hi all.

I'm currently working on a short that features mostly day-time interiors. I'm pretty comfortable lighting when there's no available light as you can basically start with a blank canvas and add light where you need it. However I always find lighting scenes where there's already a fair amount of natural light a lot harder, because everything is lit from the same source and so looks a bit dull. The only way of adding any kind of depth is by shooting on a longish lens, shallow DOF but that doesn't suit the piece I'm working on.

I'm after a kind of hazy look, using as little artificial light as possible. I have a couple of 500w lights plus other bits and bobs (I'm a hobbyist/amateur, so please take this into consideration!).

Any thoughts or suggestions gratefully accepted!




Available daylight can be very handy as long as you can work quickly, because daylight is often changing, so you won't have a lot of time to get your shots before the light changes.

The first thing you have to decide when working with available light is: Is the available light going to be my main or key light ( big windows with tons of daylight streaming through ), or is it going to be my background ambient light where I will use my own color-balanced lights as my key light ?

For corporate filming I use daylight balanced 1x1 LED lights which match well with available daylight, and I can instantly dim them to get the lighting ratios I am after in my shot. ( daylight filtered tungsten lights are a pain because of the heat and that you lose almost 2 F-stops of light when you gel them for daylight )

I also use large reflectors and sometimes silks to soften the daylight for my shots, which makes it easier to match the light with my LED or fluorescent lights.

November 18, 2014 at 3:58PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thanks Guy.

Jon Mills

November 19, 2014 at 2:39AM

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