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    Onecras Films
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    If you have to resort to natural sun light, the best you can do is try to animate your pieces as quickly as possible so that you can reduce light flicker through out your shots. If you really want no light flicker and you are going to use natural sunlight, I would say to pick 30 minutes of the day to animate at use that same time period everyday to animate. Again, natural sunlight is not suggested.

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    Honestly, if you DON’T have another source of light, get a couple of cheap desk lamps as Onecras said, with some paper taped over them. (By the way, you can actually use differently-colored paper for different effects. One I’ve seen done really well is a distant explosion where the animator used orange paper, then moved the lamp closer each frame as the explosion increased in intensity and vice versa.) Anyway, if worst comes to worst and you have no reliable means of blocking outside light, (although just some blankets would work until you get some blackout shades) but the lamps and animate only at night. Sorry this is a bit long-winded, but one last thing: Get LED bulbs if you can, as their flicker is much less pronounced than florescents, and you shouldn’t even be using incandescents at all unless you want to melt the legos or set the paper on fire. Hope this helps!

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    Ya, you NEVER want to use natural sunlight unless you ABSOLUTELY have to.
    NATURAL LIGHT IS THE LIGHT YOU USE WHEN ALL OF YOUR LAMPS EXPLODE. NEVER USE IT UNLESS THIS HAPPENS!!
    seriously though, I can’t stress that enough. Never use natural light.
    Don’t get me wrong, I like the sun as much as the next guy, but the sun is WAY to inconsistent to animate with.

    #440875
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    Onecras Films
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    Some simple desk lamps will do the trick. Try taping some wax paper over the light to help diffuse the lighting. Also if you can, try not to use any sunlight since it will move throughout the day creating light flicker.
    I hope this can help!

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    Daniel Parker
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    I have become dependant on using sunlight to produce the correct lighting for my films. This causes many problems ( flickering on images, mot being able to animate at night/cloudy days) so does anyone have any tips on how to set up artificial lighting?

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