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Shooting at Night

7 Mar

Unless your on the hunt, there is nothing more annoying and painful than attempting to film at night.

First there’s the fact that everything is dark.

Second your camera is going to need to have subject illuminated in order to create light. This is done as most people know with a flash that gives the lovely deer in the head lights.

Third the dark is constantly refusing to just stay dark. Cars, buildings, and street lamps flicker on and off.

Fourth people may want to have a life outside attempting to film.

One trick for budding camera techs is to manipulate people into thinking its the night when in fact your shot during the day. It’s called day for night or night for day.

The video explains some basic tips and tricks to manipulate light to make it look natural.

There are other more high tech filters that if you were professional you may be able to afford, but they range from $500-$50,000 , plus the camera, and more often then not require a five man crew and a train track. There’s also the three light method.

This is the key light:

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664 Another great blog by David Heinzel

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664
Another great blog by David Heinzel

The Fill Light:

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664 Another great blog by David Heinzel

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664
Another great blog by David Heinzel

The Back Light:

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664 Another great blog by David Heinzel

http://www.sps186.org/film/?p=7664
Another great blog by David Heinzel

So it doesn’t really help if your subject is going to be moving around, but each shot of a movie is fixed for the light and the feeling. If your shooting on the fly, just try to get the best shot you can since you won’t have time re create the perfect type of light.

And of course there are always better ways to create light, but it’s not bad place to start. below is one last video that explains both the three basic ways to light and how to create your own light kit for under $25.

Video  found via: http://film-lighting.wonderhowto.com/how-to/build-your-own-light-kit-for-25-71591/

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