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Old January 29th, 2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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Night for day?

I will be shooting a scene of a medium shot of two people sitting in a living room. The scene is supposed to take place in the day, but it will be shot at night. I did a couple of tests and I wasn't convinced it was daytime.

I do not have much experience outside of 3 point interview style lighting. Furthermore, all I have for lighting are two old videopro 500w lights that a friend gave to me. They are similar to http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation


Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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That's not a lot of lighting to work with :-)

Off the top of my head, I think in that situation I'd probably aim one of the lights through a venetian blind (or something similar) with very little diffusion, to give the impression of sunlight through a window. Then bounce the second light, either off a wall, or a reflector, to add soft fill on the non-window side.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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The easiest solution would be to just shoot the shot during the day.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 08:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for your input, I hope to shoot it in the day but we will see.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 09:45 AM   #5
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I don't think you've got much chance with the lights available, unless you're just shooting in corner of a room.

Basically you've got to recreate the effect of daylight coming through a window, usually this is quite soft unless you're in direct sunlight. You could punch both lights through a trace frame (to simulate daylight coming through a window) and use flags to shape it and use reflectors for some fill.

Unfortunately, you've only got two small lights and this rather limits you.
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