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Craig McGillivray
Lighting Steve Jobs
on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:09:00 am

Can someone help settle a discussion/argument for me? I'm doing a lot of Corp Event Video. The LD always uses tungsten for the fron and backlight of people on stage. Whenever we have a wide shot that includes the HD projectors (PT-D12000U DLP Panasonics) they are super blue, because of the color temp. The LD complains whenever we ask to color correct the tungsten to the projectors, saying that CTB makes the people on stage look like vampires; pale, deathly. How does Apple WWDC get lit? Does Steve Jobs look like the undead to the people in the room? Any help appreciated.


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john sharaf
Re: Lighting Steve Jobs
on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:14:42 am

Just color correct projector with CTO or wratten 85 camera filter


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Craig McGillivray
Re: Lighting Steve Jobs
on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:27:39 am

Won't that change all the graphics that get projected?


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john sharaf
Re: Lighting Steve Jobs
on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:35:56 am

The human eye adjusts to the color easier than film of video sensor


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Rick Wise
Re: Lighting Steve Jobs
on Jul 7, 2011 at 6:22:13 pm

If you are placing full CTB on the tungstens, you are over-correcting. Try 1/2 CTB and see how the balance works. If the faces are still too warm in relation to the projected images, try adding another 1/4 CTB. But first try adjusting the color of the camera to the faces -- the screen may look a bit bluish but that may work.

Rick Wise
director of photography
San Francisco Bay Area
part-time instructor lighting/camera
Academy of Art University/Film and Video (grad school)
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Jim Mulleder
Re: Lighting Steve Jobs
on Aug 8, 2011 at 5:10:12 am

I like the ideas here if using 5600K lights in not an option. I'm betting, having done a few large corporate stage events, that Mr. Jobs is lit with 5600K lights. It is not uncommon in my experience to have the house and stage lit with daylight.

Jim Mulleder
Level Horizon Productions
Cameraman/Editor
778.888.4336


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