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Old December 10th, 2016, 07:44 AM   #1
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XF 300 Overcast Morning Shoot - And Inside.

I did an internal of a well lit ground level long library with ceiling to floor windows. It was a series of 360s slow pans/spins. The natural lighting was perfect Spring levels. However this coming week, in winter, is gonna be overcast and I can only get in from 8am. Natural lighting is gonna be a challenge. OK. Accepting ALL of these parameters, you guys and gals got any creative was to firstly capture and then secondly meld the spins together with the better lit footage?

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Old December 10th, 2016, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: XF 300 Overcast Morning Shoot - And Inside.

Frame the windows out and put in some soft lights as if they were the actual window light.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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Re: XF 300 Overcast Morning Shoot - And Inside.

Thanks Robo!

Yeah time and budget wont allow. I've got a 2 hour window including Sun-up and setup. Need to be fleet of hoof and Slight of Brain.

I was thinking that maybe a direction on the XF setup, plus doing something cunning in post to enliven what maybe a wee bit neah . . .

What I'm thinking in post, is that the before I could be a mild desat to give myself a bit more WOW! factor on the new refurb with sat. up and a faint glow?

Thanks again Robin. We do love a challenge.
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Old December 15th, 2016, 02:29 AM   #4
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Re: XF 300 Overcast Morning Shoot - And Inside.

Shoot went well.

Plenty of natural illumination inside as the Sun came up, 8:00am onwards, and the "clarty" overcast low-cloud weather was scurried away by the SSW winds coming up from France. By noon the clouds had parted and I was able to get some great externals too, with well saturated blue skies. Client happy, which is a bonus.

Lighting rigs remained firmly in their cases. Yes!

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Old December 15th, 2016, 05:27 PM   #5
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Glad that it all went well.
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