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Alan Balch
Lighting the subject in post
on Nov 18, 2014 at 2:32:21 pm

I'm not a fan of "fix it in post", in most cases, unless I've got no choice. So here I am, with no choice.

For reasons I won't go into, I couldn't bring my light kit to a shoot last week. Predictably, I have a bright background and dark subject. I'd like to brighten up my subject and dim the background. Is this something I can do with the Lighting>Spotlight app or is there a better way?
Thanks.

Alan Balch
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Walter Soyka
Re: Lighting the subject in post
on Nov 18, 2014 at 2:34:46 pm

Can you post a screenshot?

Generally, my advice would be to separate the foreground and background and treat them independently. Spotlight won't offer you much control; soft masks would probably be a better choice, but keying or rotoscoping might be better still.

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Alan Balch
Re: Lighting the subject in post
on Nov 18, 2014 at 2:42:07 pm

Here ya go, Walter.
Thanks for your help.



Alan Balch
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Videographer/Carle Foundation Hosptial
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Paul Neumann
Re: Lighting the subject in post
on Nov 18, 2014 at 3:24:38 pm

You can easily balance that out with some curves and a mask from right inside Premiere. Put the new Pen Tool to work. Nice big feather. It'll be fine.


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Morten Ranmar
Re: Lighting the subject in post
on Nov 18, 2014 at 8:16:39 pm

Or put Speedgrade to work. This is where it excels. Might even be able to separate skin tones through a secondary grade.

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Jake Abramson
Re: Lighting the subject in post
on Dec 5, 2014 at 10:23:08 pm

New pen tool with tracking will work wonders with that clip. Use the levels adjustment on the foreground.



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