April 28, 2014 at 4:37 am #440636
As I was researching how to light a scene properly, I came upon these tips. I hope this would help 🙂
Production Lighting: 6 Tips for Filming at Night
Adequate lighting is important with any film production. This is especially true with filming during the night. The amount and quality of light lets you see the elements included in the scene. Filming at night poses numerous challenges. How a camera sees and records a scene during the night is different as to how a person sees it. A filmmaker has to effectively illuminate the scene so that the camera will be able to record the various important elements without losing the effect of being shot during nighttime. Here are a few tips in order to be able to effectively illuminate the scene for filming during the night.
1. Use Reflectors and White Cards to Reflect Light
With filming during nighttime, the colors are subdued or less intense. Moonlight can also provide some illumination but only a limited amount of it. The light from the moon also appears bland. Filmmakers use blue filters to correct the light reflected from the moon. Use additional artificial lighting sources such as LED or even fluorescent tubes to add illumination at the scene.The video camera must have a fast lens in order to absorb the little amount of natural light available during the night. Use reflectors to bounce off the light onto to your subject or segments of the scene. If no reflectors are available, large white cards can also function in the same way.
2. Use Snow
If you decide to film during winter, the snow can act as a natural light reflector. Light bouncing off the snow illuminates the scene. However, it is important to note that snow is less efficient in reflecting light as compared to reflectors and can also be expensive to purchase and use.
3. Wet the Ground
Water placed on concrete can act as a good reflector. This is good especially when working with cityscapes which can provide a good level of illumination. Light reflected from streetlamps, neon lights and even cars can provide additional lighting or add interest to the scene.April 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm #440657
I find the snow and wetting the ground interesting! But the white cards seem like they could work. I find that filming at night is best for me. During the day, the sunlight in my studio causes light flicker throughout the film. Filming at night gives me almost no light flicker, as long as I don’t change my lighting techniques.May 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm #440659
Glad you enjoyed it Onecras 🙂 Do you have some tips of your own you’d like to share?May 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm #440686
It’s almost like night for me 24/7 in my room because these gigantic shades covering the window block almost all exterior light. I just use two desk lamps and I’m good. Normally people like putting paper over their lamps, I’ve tried that and it only makes the light darker, shock I don’t want.May 8, 2014 at 10:56 am #440699
How many watts are the desk lamps? You’re lucky that you’re room has constant light, in my room it always fluctuates so I have no hope of practicing at daytime.May 8, 2014 at 11:15 pm #440707
I have one big florescent lamp and a small desk lamp. I find my florescent lamp a little too bright, so I will generally get a thin colored piece of construction paper and tape it over. This gives me the option of choosing multiple colors to create different types of moods. As for my small desk lamp, I will just cover it with some wax paper to diffuse the lighting and shine it on dark areas of my setting.May 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm #440720
How do you guys film scenes in the dark? Like for example, a horror house?May 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm #440725
Put black paper in the background, add a little blue color correction, put the lamps really low so shadows are long… turn brightness down a little.May 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm #440734
Blue color correction? Do all softwares have one? Are brightness set down on shooting or in post production?May 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm #440738
When I say brightness, I mean the exposure to the camera set so that it’s kind of dark.
Color correction is changing the overall tint of an image to the specified color. I don’t know where a tool like this is available, so I can’t help you there.
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