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Posted by JET, on 2009-08-03 00:59:24
What is the height of studio roof normally?
I am shotting some shots. The set is about 2.3 m tall, while the roof is 2.8 m tall. It is impossible to use the light to cover all the scene. I am not sure normally how tall the studio roof is. I guess it should taller than 3.5 m .
Posted by catizone, on 2009-08-03 08:18:19
One thing you could consider would be mounting a large sheet of foamcore to the ceiling, and aiming the light upward at it. This will also give you softer shadows and also a softer lighting effect.
Doesn't mean you wouldn't still need fill light, depending on the look.
Posted by Nick H, on 2009-08-04 00:41:58
My studio ceiling is 2.7 metres high, so you have 100mm more than I do!
About 3 metres would be good, and that's what I originally wanted. But since I started shooting 16 : 9 widescreen, the extra height hasn't been as important. So I saved a few thousand dollars by taking 300mm off the height when I got the studio built, and it hasn't been a problem for me.
Mostly I don't have a strong hard key light directly overhead, like the sun at noon. I have it fairly high and off to one side - that models the shapes of the set and puppet better.
I can use a flourescent room light directly overhead for a soft fill light with no sharp shadows. That's a similar effect to bouncing a light off a white ceiling.
In your photos you have fairly soft bright lighting (not exactly German Expressionism or film noir! :P ), so the bounce light should work.
Posted by bristolius, on 2009-08-04 14:03:46
You can also bounce lights off of mirrors on the ceiling to keep the light hard.
Posted by JET, on 2009-08-06 09:47:52
I think useing styrofoam to bounce light is a great idea. It is so nice that I can always get help from here.