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Antonio Atzei
optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 3, 2007 at 1:20:12 am

Can anyone suggest a link or manual about optimum lighting for a shortfilm to be shot in hdv?
I apreciate any suggestions
Rds.
Antonio Atzei

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Rick Amundson
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 4, 2007 at 1:54:22 pm

Unfortunately it's a bit more complicated than that. Lighting for a film is not based on film length or format. Lighting is about creating a mood for each particular scene that helps tell the story. A night extertior has different needs than a day interior has different needs than a day exterior no matter if you are shooting film, HD or HDV.

My biggest suggestion when shooting on a 1/3" camera is to try to narrow the depth of field as much as possible. You can accomplish this by using ND filters, polarizers, and low light set ups to get your iris as close to wide open as possible. Also, shoot as far zoomed in as the location allows, this helps a lot. Becareful to check for critical focus.

If you need more specific info, you'll need to provide more info about specific set-ups.

Rick Amundson
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Peter Ralph
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 4, 2007 at 7:18:17 pm

I agree with what Rick says about DoF and atmospheric lighting.

There are different lighting needs for different formats based upon the available dynamic range/latitude of the camera.

HDV cameras typically have more or less the same dynamic range as DV cameras with the same size CCD.

Professional DV/HD cameras typically have larger CCDs and more dynamic range.

Film cameras have more latitude still.

The less dynamic range/latitude the more even the lighting has to be.

Also of course all other things being equal larger CCDs mean better low light performance.

peter

peter@shootingbynumbers.com


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Antonio Atzei
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:11:32 pm

Peter
Thank you for your reply.
Can I ask you your impression on a SONY Z1 ?
Txs in advance
ciao
Antonio Atzei

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Peter Ralph
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 7, 2007 at 12:38:38 pm

I have never used a Z1.


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Antonio Atzei
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:08:36 pm

Rick
I apologise for my question, it was not detailed enough. Can you suggest some reading material such as manual or guidlines to take into consideration... I have some projects to be shot on a SONY Z1 So I`d like to do it the best possible for that type of cam.
I thank you for your imput
Rds.
ciao
Antonio Atzei

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Rick Amundson
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 6, 2007 at 8:06:55 pm

I agree that each format has its own characteristics, but for a beginner the concepts are still simialr for each format, they just need a little finesse.

Antonio, try these books from Amazon:

*Lighting for Digital Video and Television by
*Film Lighting by Kris Malkiewicz is a classic
*Lighting for Film and Digital Cinematography (with InfoTrac ) by Dave Viera and Maria Viera

These will give you a good start to understanding lighting.

Rick Amundson
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Bravo Romeo Entertainment
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rmherd
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 6, 2007 at 8:59:32 pm

The American Cinematographer Magazine is a great resource.
http://www.theasc.com/cgibin/store/acsstore.cgi?user_action=category&catego...

RH


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Antonio Atzei
Re: optimum lighting for hdv ?
on Jun 8, 2007 at 12:32:39 am

Rick,Peter % RH
Thank you for your suggestions

I have some knowledge in Photo stills, and whenever I use the Z1 I try to apply my knowledge as if I was taking a photo, such as compositions light etc. Off course hdv is another story.
But I`ll track down those books....

TXS

CIAO

Antonio Atzei

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