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Reid Kimball
Looking for feedback on lighting setup
on Jul 8, 2017 at 6:02:01 pm

Hello,

For the past couple years I've been teaching myself cinematography and since I am not enrolled in school or have a mentor to go to, I am seeking feedback here on the variations of the lighting setup I did for a shot.

Ignoring my acting, how does it look in lighting design and depth of field? Does this meet professional cinematic standards?

https://vimeo.com/224730360

Thanks,

-Reid


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Rick Wise
Re: Looking for feedback on lighting setup
on Jul 8, 2017 at 8:24:09 pm

You are teaching yourself well. Of course there is no one answer since the "right" lighting depends on the story. You imply a tough bar scene, so a film noire look probably works very well. Most of these variations have too much warm fill light for my tastes. A very light bounce of the bluish key into the shadow side would be my preference, or, no fill at all as in one of your versions.

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Reid Kimball
Re: Looking for feedback on lighting setup
on Jul 8, 2017 at 11:01:06 pm

Thank you Rick for the compliment and feedback. Looking again at the shots, I see exactly what you mean and I agree, shot 02 has the least lighting and looks the best to me. Great idea with using a bounce fill in my shadow side. Will have to try that next.

Best,

-Reid


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