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Re: How to light subject (interior shot) and expose for background through window (exterior)?

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Bob ColeRe: How to light subject (interior shot) and expose for background through window (exterior)?
by on Apr 22, 2012 at 3:10:05 pm

[Todd Terry] "actually what I use is from Hancock Fabrics"

Right! I'm so used to hearing about the wonders of Harbor Freight here that I transposed that. I got it from Hancock Fabrics too: "Window Tinting Film," $3.97/yd, 54" wide - the opposite end of the price spectrum from RoscoView ($700 for 56"x9')!

And there is also the camera itself. You can select a camera with wide dynamic range, adjust your camera's picture profile, and use a lower knee setting to bring that bright window into a better exposure. (Alister Chapman's video on XDCAM Gamma Curves and Knee, which I believe is on the COW as well as his website and YouTube, has a great before-and-after comparison of how dropping the knee to 85 by itself allows you to see detail in a blown-out window.)


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