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Old September 13th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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Z1 Shooting white cloth on a black background in studio

I'm going to shoot actors (caucasian skin tones) in white cloth, in studio, on a black background.

We all know that white cloth is not the best in video...

Does anyone has any advice about lighting or perhaps camera settings ?

I am shooting in HD. Thanks a lot, Paolo.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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Experiment with the SPOTLIGHT setting and make sure you use your zebras.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #3
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Thanks Adam I will try the SPOTLIGHT setting.

Will you say that I should use the zebra at 70 % and get the highest tone of the skin tone just starting to get zebra ?

In general, I 'll say it's better to have the skin tone with a good exposure and the white clothes a little over exposed, am I right?

Or should I expose the white clothes right and get the skin tone a little under exposed?


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Old September 16th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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In general, I 'll say it's better to have the skin tone with a good exposure and the white clothes a little over exposed, am I right? Or should I expose the white clothes right and get the skin tone a little under exposed?
Matter of taste I guess, I would not overexpose anything. On the contrary, I would set my zebra to 85 or 90 and let nothing go above.

Either way, it's going to be a heck of a difficult shot to edit. To Adam's advice I would add, try using actual spotlights on the talent's face and minimize the brightness of the white clothes.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #5
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I think either way would probably work. You should probably experiment a bit to see what's easiest to handle in post. I agree with Ervin that I'd go darker rather than lighter. Once the highlights are blown out there's no way to get them back.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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Did some test tonight. I'll try all this tomorrow morning! I agree with the too dark better than over exposed concept. Thank a lot. Paolo.
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