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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:15 PM   #1
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Night in day

Is there a way to set up my A1 in such a way that allows me to shoot during the day but the result appear as though it was shot at night / dusk?

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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Not sure about capture settings that would allow this, but I would think that adjusting opacity settings in post-production woud give the look or effect of nighttime.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Using a dense blue filter might do the trick, plus a bit of under-exposure.

Edit - sorry, I'm still thinking about what I did in the days of film (stills) and forgetting about digital white balancing etc.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:34 PM   #4
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The basic techniques of shooting day-for-night in film also work out nicely for video--

-Shoot everything backlit
-Underexpose about 3 stops, or expose for the highlights
-Shoot with 3200K white balance
-Make sure there's nothing in the background reflecting sunlight. For instance, if you're shooting a person in a parking lot, the building in the background needs to be in shadows; if the sun hits it, there goes your illusion.
-Avoid cars, streetlights--they will be off in the daytime
-Avoid the sky

There may be a few more things, but those are the basics. I've had some things that worked out well in doing day-for-night, and others that didn't. It depends on how much flexibility you have in picking backgrounds and all.

Then after you get in the ballpark in camera you can tweak it more in editing.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 06:09 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=Annie Haycock;883973]Using a dense blue filter might do the trick, plus a bit of under-exposure.
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Thanks all for your input.....just getting to grips with all this.
Thanks Annie, yes I remember from the old Standard 8 days (yes I'm that old) and shooting a student film during the day - a bright summers day! with a dark blue filter.... I might try it and see if it works with HDV on manual settings
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