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March 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM #48164AnonymousInactive
I’m using 3-point lighting to light my scene. (3 X 1000W). This method works great when filming a person, but I’m filming a moving object on the ground. My problem is that I get a strong shadow on the ground behind my object, mainly created by the key light. How do I get rid of that shadow? My key light is at 45 degrees. My fill light is also at 45 degrees but 70% weaker. I also added a backlight.
March 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM #197982birdcatParticipant
Think about adding a hairlight – something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Photograph-Continuous-background-lighiting-ePhotoINC/dp/B003YH2GH6
Softboxes work well for this sort of thing – It may not get rid of the shadow but it will lighten it up. The problem is that a light strong enough to eliminate the shadow completely may add too much glare on the object itself.
March 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM #197983AnonymousInactive
Thanks Bruce. It pretty much confirms what I was thinking. I used defusing paper in front of the lights to soften the shadows but I still got some unwanted shadows. What’s the hairlight for? Where is it positioned?
March 17, 2011 at 1:51 AM #197984D0nParticipant
think light ratios….
30% weaker would make more sense for a fill light.
March 17, 2011 at 9:26 PM #197985birdcatParticipant
Hi Pierre –
Key Light – About 30-40 degrees to the right of the camera, above subject height
Fill Light – About 20-30 degrees to the left of the camera, about subject height
Back Light – Pointing on or towards the background
Hair Light – Above and behind the subject (on a boom if possible), slightly off center to the left – This is used to highlight the hair (or top) of the subject – It also is helpful for minimizing shadows on the floor!
These are just my staring points, always adjust for each situation based on how it looks in the viewfinder.
March 23, 2011 at 12:47 AM #197986AnonymousInactive
Thanks Birdcat. Don says 30% for the fill light but I think this may be not enough. Will create to strong a shadow.
March 23, 2011 at 2:26 AM #197987D0nParticipant
in your original post you said your fill light was 70% less than your main.. approx 1:3 fill to main ratio.
in my post I suggested using 30% less fill than your main… approx 2:3 fill to main ratio.
it would be impossible for my suggestion to have darker shadows that what you described when you originally posted.
most people start off thier lighting with a 1:2 fill to key ratio which would still have darker shadows than my suggested 2:3
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