Cinematography Solutions: How to Light Night Exteriors

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Cinematography Solutions: How to Light Night Exteriors

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  1. Joshua D 3 years ago

    Thank you Shane for another wonder series! If you’re exposing for fire, lets say on the Red Dragon, what’s the best solution for creating moon light at that point?

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      Shane 3 years ago

      Exposing for fire will require very bright light back lights and fill so that you can hold a little more fire detail. On Badlands we were limited in time and what we could afford so I had to let the fire burn a bit and just expose the digital negative for our talent and sets and not worry about how the fire was exposed.

  2. Sean 2 years ago

    This has been a truly eye-opening tutorial! One question: how would you balance the light when doing night exteriors involving cars, when you still want the headlights to give a warm glow? Would you gel the tungsten lights with heavier CTB? Or work with cooler lights like the HMIs? Thanks again!

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      Shane 2 years ago

      AWESOME!!! I would add 1/2 CTS to the head lights right because you are setting your camera a 2900K so if you want your lights nice and warm you will need to tape gel to them.

  3. Malcolm Francis W 2 years ago

    hi, shane
    In the movie – Need for speed(i luv that movie!!), where you used the canon c500, what were settings or IRE levels you exposed for darker skintones, eg: whats his name benny whom flys the cessna in the movie. i’ll be using a canon C300 camera for a horror film.


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      Shane 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I had a good time on that film. Kid Kudi was around 45 IRE for most day scenes and 25 IRE at night.

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