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Andrew Neesley
Interview Lighting
on Mar 5, 2010 at 6:16:42 am

How do you suppose the lighting for the interviews on the show "Intervention" were accomplished?

I'm familiar with basic lighting techniques, but are they sufficient?


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Rick Wise
Re: Interview Lighting
on Mar 7, 2010 at 6:31:05 pm

Post an example.

Rick Wise
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and part-time instructor lighting and camera
grad school, SF Academy of Art University/Film and Video
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Andrew Neesley
Re: Interview Lighting
on Mar 10, 2010 at 2:47:29 am



Any ideas? Thanks.


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john sharaf
Re: Interview Lighting
on Mar 10, 2010 at 6:36:05 pm

Andrew,

The lighting on these three portraits are pretty straight forward, and you really should be able to deduce it yourself, just trust your instinct and skills.

Obviously they created a black limbo space, probably by blocking all the windows and turning off all the practical lights, if not in a windowless studio.

The key comes from the camera left and is a semi-soft source to minimize nose shaddow. What shaddow you do see under the chin reveals the height and direction of the key light and the minimal fill (if any). Maybe a white card.

The backlight is from straight behind, except for the bald guy, where it has been lowered and moved to the off key side, to minimize the shine on the top of his head.

Finally, a spot of blue light is projected right behind the subject to create the color effect and seperation from the blackness.

When you're trying to "figure out" the lighting plot of a particular shot, look first at the shaddows; they'll tell you the whole story.

JS



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Andrew Neesley
Re: Interview Lighting
on Mar 14, 2010 at 5:40:34 am

John,

Thanks much for the tips. Looking at the shadows: I slapped myself on the forehead and shouted "Duh!" when I read your comment.

The blue light is what confounded me most. I couldn't tell if it was a blue background somehow masked with lighting, or a black background with a blue light projected.

Best, Andrew


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