Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Overpowering the backlight, part of DSLR Video Tips: Lighting.
Male 1: With this scene there's just too much back-light.…So the choices are, knock down the back-light, or add some light.…Kevin, if you were going to knock down the light, what would you do to the window?…Male 2: I would gel it, I would gel it with neutral density gel.…And they sell rolls of six foot by 50 yards,…that you can cut in the pattern or the shape…that you need, and the size that you need, to…cover any type of surface that you're blasting light through.…That would take down…that light so that you could equalize the foreground and the background elements.…Male 1: So it's essentially a pair of sunglasses for the window.…
And we could put one sheet or two sheets over it.…Now, that's fine, and that might change the color temperature.…That was one way of doing it.…We're going to take the other approach which is, we're going to add some light.…So can you go ahead and turn that light on?…Now, there we go.…By just simply adding a single light, the whole scene…is looking pretty good.…Is there, anything you'd change about it at this point?…
- Moving lights off-center
- Controlling exposure in bright areas
- Using ND filters and matte boxes
- Overpowering a backlight
- Maximizing available light with reflectors and shiny boards
- Using battery-operated LEDs and flashlights
- Enhancing shots in post-production
Skill Level Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
DSLR Video Tips: Cameras & Lenseswith Richard Harrington8h 13m Intermediate
DSLR Video Tips: Technical Knowledgewith Richard Harrington4h 7m Intermediate
1. Can I Attach Lights to the Camera?
Moving lights off-center3m 42s
2. How Do I Control Exposure and Depth of Field in Bright Light?
3. How Do I Deal with Backlit Subjects in Production?
4. How Do I Light without Electrical Outlets Using Available Light?
5. How Do I Light without Electrical Outlets Using Alternate Sources?
6. How Do I Deal with Backlit Subjects in Post-Production?
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