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Nick Army
Shooting a sneeze - Help!
on Jan 14, 2009 at 5:06:33 pm

I need to shoot a sneeze. I want to reproduce this effect on video as close as possible:

http://www.skinners-school.co.uk/images/reflections/large/img45b61dd7900d4R...
http://ainsleypthomas.blogspot.com/2008/11/guess-what-your-sneeze-looks-lik...
http://mcaaron.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/sneeze1.jpg

I'm just spitting out water to exagerate the effect.

I have a DVX100 and an average HDV JVC to use, and right now I'm just having trouble getting the lighting right to pick up what the eye's seeing. I was wondering if anyone has some ideas on lighting specifically so the subject and water are lit but the background is completely black. Right now I have a black curtain and the lights are blowing it out a little grey instead of straight black. I'm afraid that using ND or stopping up the iris too much will lose some detail. Any suggestions would be really helpful! Hoping for better luck after lunch. Thanks!


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Todd Terry
Re: Shooting a sneeze - Help!
on Jan 14, 2009 at 7:38:49 pm

Very strong backlight and/or sidelight, flagged so they are only illuminating the subject and the sneeze spray. Probably a single fresnel with very tight barndoors would do it. Put the background as far back as possible to eliminate light spill.

You'll probably need a fair bit more light that you might normally think for the average shoot as that shot was with a very very high speed shutter.... probably at least 1/1000th, maybe even faster than that.

If you are shooting "normal" speed framerates (say 60i or 24p) you'll probably only see one frame like that, if you get lucky. If you want to see a continuous sneeze (slomo) I'd say the only way to do that well is to shoot real film with a highspeed camera.


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Nick Army
Re: Shooting a sneeze - Help!
on Jan 14, 2009 at 7:46:40 pm

Got it with an HD Sony at 30p and pulled all the lights and subject up further from the background to blow it out and darken it. 2 lights, one on the subject eye level pointed away from the curtain and another directly under the sneeze shooting up laying flat on the ground. Worked perfectly with the water - the sneezes are obviously wet and exagerrated, but it's exactly like the picture. Lighting looks a little avant-garde, but that's fine with me. I'll post a link if I get it uploaded somewhere. Thanks for the help!



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Richard Herd
Re: Shooting a sneeze - Help!
on Jan 16, 2009 at 7:44:35 pm

Please upload the picture.



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