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Old October 15th, 2004, 10:53 PM   #181
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lighting feedback

Hey all, this is my first post in the photon forum.
I was just looking for some feedback about my recent horror movie shoot.
We had a lot of outdoor night time shots and it was very challenging.
Our no budget lighting rig consisted of a 1000w metal halide that we modified and a couple of cheapo 500w quartz smith victors.
Camera was a xv2000 with anamorphic lens.
The pics are screen grabs that have been resized and compressed.

Here's a pic of the MH rig.
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 09:29 PM   #182
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Movietone vs. Kino Flo TrueMatch


I'm comparing MovieTone fluorescent lights with Kino Flo.
I have some cheapie Sylvania 3500K lamps (75 CRI) that are to
be replaced with something better. MovieTone claims to be
the same as Kino Flo :

"Movie Tone lamps are color correct and have no Green Spike. The High Output Lamps or H.O.'s are an excellent replacement
lamps for your Kino Flo fixtures. They match the Kino
Flo output in every way and include the Impact resistant
safety shield. "

However, a click on the spectral chart of the Kino Flo "True Match"
lamps reveals, guess what, a big green spike :

and the spectral plot :

So, what lamps are actually compared ? Do the MovieTone lamps have the big green spike ? Are MovieTone actually better than TrueMatch ?

Thanks for any info,

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Old November 4th, 2004, 01:57 PM   #183
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Ok. Here's the reply from FloCo, the makers of the MovieTone bulbs :

The H.O. 32K are very similar to Kino Flos KF32 lamp in both color temp and brightness.

When we say there is no green spike it is meant in reference to motion picture film photography, which can be very sensitive to the green value in fluorescent lamps.
We only put enough green in the lamp to make it color correct. But it is easy in a high output lamp to have excessive green that will result in a green hue on the negative.

Hope this helps.

Thank you

Ferdinand Metz
The Fluorescent Company Inc.
Flo-Co Inc.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 05:01 AM   #184
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Shooting spotlight subjects on stage


I have little experience vtaping performers on a stage. I read a lot of good posts on this forum about influencing the stage lighting for video recording, but I didn't see many solutions from the camera side.

This weekend, I attended a stage Chinese performance at San Francisco'sPalace of Fine arts. The front stage lights were nearly spotlights and created strong specular highlights on the bare-headed actors and their shiny silk garments, especially the white
garment on the lead actress. On my digital camera histogram, the highlights were always pushing the right edge, leaving the midtone details on the actors largely in the shadows. The gap between the highlights and midtones was HUGE. What do you do for such lighting conditions ? Would a polarizing filter help ? That may help some of the glare from a perspiring bare scalp, but probably nothing for siky garments. On a still camera, I can rotate the filter around a bit, but since the actors duck in and out of the spotlights, it's a chore ! Are there any solutions
from the camera/video side ?
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Old November 8th, 2004, 06:15 AM   #185
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This is the essence of the problem with filming many stage shows and I don't think there's much you can do. My approach is to shoot a lot of tight shots such that I can expose to keep things from blowing out a lot. You need to ride the iris control. Then you can edit in some brief wide shots where you allow the bright areas to blow out more. Do what you can in post to bring out some detail in the shadows.

The trouble is that we theatrical lighting designers use the huge contrast range that you describe to create dramatic effects on the stage. There is just no way that DV can deal with that.
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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:11 PM   #186
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Old December 3rd, 2004, 10:06 PM   #187
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Old December 17th, 2004, 03:55 PM   #188
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Used gear in NY?

Are there any interesting places in NY where I can try findind some used light heads? Lowel or similar?

Names please!

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Old December 27th, 2004, 07:35 PM   #189
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you might want to try reading the classifieds (or posting) on
you can post in the wanted section, or poke through the ads...
good deals there and will be local to nyc. otherwise, check b&h photo they have quality used equipment sometimes
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Old December 31st, 2004, 03:36 PM   #190
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White Balance - various (Expodisc, coffee filters, Pringle's lid, etc.)


On the Nikon SLR forum, a fellow posted some white balance measurements for various devices.

> There was too much variation in the earlier colorimeter readings,
> possibly because I was making them outdoors under cloudy
> conditions, and/or the battery was getting tired. For the
> following I changed instruments and instead used a Minolta color
> temperature meter and a new Sekonic 558. For a 3200K adjusted
> source I found the following (numbers in parens are relative f/#
> values):
> Source: 3200K [0]
> Expodisc: 3240K [-2.7]
> Styrofoam Dixie Cup (6oz) 3050K [-3.0]
> Coffee Filter (1): 3130K [-1.2]
> Coffee Filter (2): 3060K [-1.9]
> Coffee Filter (3): 3020K [-2.1]
> White Lid: 2730K [-3.1]
> Pringle Lid (translucent): 3150K [-0.3]
> It appears that in terms of a device for establishing exposure, the
> white-type soft lid or 3 coffee filters come within a half stop,
> although both appear to skew the WB, and the white lid would throw
> the WB off by a significant amount. Evidently many users find they
> can "live" with color balance off by 200 degrees or so, so hey, if
> it works...
> Actually, the styrofoam cup did relatively well for establishing
> exposure, but would probably result in slightly cool images if used
> to establish WB. OTOH both the Pringle lid and a single coffee
> filter seem to be reasonably good for white balance, but neither
> could be used to establish exposure if an 18% gray card is what you
> expect. Both would create a WB that would result in a slight
> cooling effect to the image.
> The calibrated white density of my Expodisc is 0.74, so the -2.7
> figure above is off a little, ideally it should be -2.45. There
> appears to be a slight proximity effect that occurs, possibly due
> to the prismatic light gathering front surface (the light source
> was directed, not integrated). Also the coffee filters seem to be
> nonlinear in their light attenuation as they're stacked up, and I'm
> not sure why--possibly fiber orientation or something.
> A similar study using a 6000K source might be worthwhile--stay tuned.
> -RogM
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Old January 4th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #191
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lighting for title sequence

hello all

I have worrked in the cg buisness for a while now and i am starting to expand my artist pallete towards film and photography.
I have simulated it for years in the computer, now i wanna do it for real!

i am intrested in recreating the lighting schemes from such title sequences as se7en and mimc....

though i know pretty much nothing about ( set ) lighting ,and other than doing it in computer graphics, i would like to know what types of lights might be used to do this type of effects

perhaps what are some lights that i could purchase?, i dont believe that i need an entire light kit?

and yes i also know that the majority of sequences look is done in post , wich i have a lot of experience using ! , basicly i want to achieve the best footage before manipulating it in the computer

though at times it looka like a flash light shining down on the subject might pull it off!
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Old January 5th, 2005, 02:04 AM   #192
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There is no easy answer for this. As you seemingly know a certain
look is created through many layers from the art department,
cinematography, film stock, film processing and in the case of
se7en extensive post work with color corrections and such.

You are perhaps asking the wrong question? I think this has
nothing to do with lighting for title sequences. This has everything
to do with getting good lighting in general (as you lateron in your
post acknowledge).

This is not an easy thing! Lighting is like any art form which takes
tools but much more important experience and a good eye for
how good something looks and how it may be improved.

You usually do need a light-kit with all sort of extra goodies to
shape the light (reflectors, bounce boards, hard en soft lights,
gels, flags, scrims etc. etc.) in the way you want. There isn't a
single type of light to create what you are looking for since it is
layer upon layer of carefully crafted looks. So yeah, sometimes
one flashlight might do the trick, other times it may take 10 or
more lights depending on the situation. There is a reason they
have a huge amount of grip and lighting gear on the big

There are some books on the subject etc., but I'm not sure what
the best way would be to proceed on this. Anyone else have
some thoughts on this?

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Old January 10th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #193
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using shallow DOF to get that nice look>> for starters

I found this site which really helped me to understand everythihng.
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Old January 10th, 2005, 01:59 PM   #194
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excellent site about lighting, DOF and other interesting stuff

Just wanted to let you know about this excelent site about lighing when shooting photos.
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Old January 10th, 2005, 08:36 PM   #195
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dawn for sunset

I will be shooting an urban street scene which is supposed to take place late in the day. To reduce the outside distractions I am planning on shooting it just after dawn. I am just wondering if there are any "gotchas" I should be looking out for, or any tips. I don't need the golden hour glow--just a sense that its late in the day. The fact that the sun will be on the wrong side of the sky is not a problem.
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