June 21, 2017 at 11:16AM


Low-Budget DIY alternatives to large ND gels/nets to bring down windows


I am wondering if any of you have any low-budget DIY alternatives to bringing down the exposure on a window in the shot during a daytime interior scene?

Large ND gels and double nets are a little pricy to rent. Have any of you used some sort of bed sheet or screening from Home Depot and had luck?Unfortunately we don't have the luxury of large HMIs.

The window is covered with blinds, but is still way over exposed.

Thanks and I appreciate any feedback!



I visited a garden shop and purchased some of the black netting they use to cover sensitive plants that need light but not a lot of direct sun. Pretty cheap and it works. -- Jeff Johnston

June 27, 2017 at 5:07PM

Jeff Johnston
Automotive journalist, show host, grip

You can buy large rolls of ND gels for pretty cheap. We get a roll of ND for about $100 to $150. It's about 50 feet. Than you can just squeegee it on windows.

June 28, 2017 at 10:23AM


Wait for an overcast day or block the actors away from the window.

If that's not an option you can use a black bed sheet or a black cloth.Don't use other color, it will probably mess up the color. use some sort of hanger or rope to block the sunlight while keeping the black cloth away from the camera's sight.

Be creative and good luck.

Edit: If black cloth blocks too much light then use some white surface to reflect some light back to the room.

June 29, 2017 at 4:45AM, Edited June 29, 4:48AM

Tahmid Rumi
Writer , Director , Video Editor

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