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It’s working now Charles! Thanks for the 411 on the 404! =)
The direct link to the lighting episode of FOV is here:http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/detail.aspx?sid=125
I have done a lot of this kind of work,Akeline (a lot). Tell me more about what you need to do. I’d be happy to offer advice if I can. What mission organization? My Father-in-Law was with TEAM in Wheaton, Ill for years.
I think it looks great. The natural/available light in the room seems to be giving you nice, even light, and the skin tones & color in the floor both look good. — The large mirrored wall is going to be a huge problem if you try to use video lights. — Even reflectors will be a problem, so I would go with 100% available light. The room look like it’s lit with daylight streaming through a large window, if so, I’d recommend scouting it & shooting a few tests at different times of the day. You may find that the room looks very different at 10am then it does at 4pm, for instance, and one of those times might give you exactly the warm color tones you are hoping to add with lamps. — If that IS the case… you’ll also need to be keenly aware of the changing light conditions as the sun moves throughout the duration of your shoot. — You may find that you only have an hour or 2 of peak lighting each day.
To spice things up and add the professionalism you are talking about, I’d recommend adding a few different camera angles… the WS you show id great for dancing, but you would add a lot of interest by also incorporating a head & shoulders CU as he talks, maybe a few tight shots of his feet as he dances, and some graphic slates to break what’s now a single, long lock-down shot into several shorter segments.
I would also recommend getting him out of black clothing. With the white walls in that room, his dark wardrobe is creating a high contrast look that’s tough for your camcorder to deal with. If you can put him in neutral colors (blue, tan, brown, even gray) you’ll find that you’ll see a lot more detail in his clothes and they won’t get “muddy.”
Looks like a fun project! Hope it goes well.
Thanks Bruce. =) If anyone is interested, I have direct links to Field of View (and other work I’ve done) on my personal website at http://www.chuck-peters.com — For lighting, I recommend Field of view Episode 9, and Take 5 Episode 5. — Did you know that I worked at VM for 7 years before going to DJ? So, I have a great fondness for Videomaker and I’m thrilled to find such an active community here at Videomaker.com. FWIW, if you look close you can find me (with hair) along with Perry, and Eric, in many of VM’s early training videos. =)
Hey Bruce! Wassup man? I didn’t know you were active here at VM. Cool bumping into you. 🙂
Lighting for video is more of an art than a science, so wattages and positions by the numbers alone can’t make your video look good. — I’ve lit high end productions with halogen work lamps and 2k softboxes… ultimately if you position your lights artistically, no one will know the difference.Remember, your camera sees the world differently than your eye does, so something could look great in person and bad in the edit suite.The best way to make sure you’re going to have good results is to use an external monitor on the setshowing the output of your camera as you light. Even a simple TV will work fine for this. Although you don’t want to shoot with your camera in “auto” mode, it’s fine to switch it to auto for a moment so it can adjust the exposure for you, then switch back to manual so it doesn’t shift as you shoot. Another good rule to lice by is to always expose for the face! No one will care if your background is blown out, but faces have to come first. — Once you’ve got that monitor hooked up, trust it! If it looks good there, it will look good everywhere else. — Hope this helps!