Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a black infinity effect, part of Video Production Techniques: Location Lighting.
Now I want to show you a method for creating a black infinity effect. This is basically the opposite of the white psych effect. In a white psych effect you have your subject floating in pure whiteness. Well, now we're going to create a similar effect, only we're going to have our subject floating in pure blackness. So the only thing we're going to see is our subject. Now to create this effect there are two different ways you can do it. The first one I'm going to show you involves shooting in a large room or space like this. So if you have a garage, or a large basement, or even your living room at night, you can often pull off this effect as long as you can get far enough away from any walls.
So the reason we want a big room is that you don't want any light to reflect off of the walls and on that same point, we want to make sure that we don't shoot in a room that has too much white in it. If the walls are all white in that room and the smaller that room is, the harder it becomes to pull off this effect. So if you do have any white furniture or other things in the room that you can't simply move out, try to drape something dark over them so they'll fall off in the background. Now what's the secret to this effect? The secret of pulling off this effect is getting the key light on your subject to be nice and bright, just like the key light that's on me right here.
Now in addition to this key light, we also have a bounce just adding a little bit of fill in to this side. What's most important about the lighting, however, is that none of it be allowed to spill onto the walls or other objects in the room. Now, once you've lit your subject with the key light, you can also add in a key light, also add in a hair light that is, if you want to get a little more dimension, and in this case, I have a bounce. So I'm going to have Greg turn off the lights right now. So we can see what this effects looks like in action in this type of room. So, if everything worked our properly, you are probably looking at me right now and the only thing you are seeing is me.
You can't tell that there's tables in the background. You can't even tell we're in a large room, so that's the first method to create this effect Now, you can also get this effect by using something called Duvetyne. If you ever heard of it before, Duvetyne is just something you get at the lighting supplies store. It is a flat black cloth and what's most important about Duvetyne is that it's non-reflective. So, even if you don't have special, you know, dovateen, you can use any type of dark, flat material. Dark black flat material that doesn't reflect light will work for this effect.
Now this infinity effect is actually a pretty easy effect to pull off, but it can give you a nice look and it is appropriate for different projects, especially when you want to make it just about your subject. You don't want any distractions by background or anything else. It's just a great method to use for that. So whether you're using a large room or Duvetyne, you can always create black infinity in just a few minutes.
- Acquiring gear, from stands to mounts
- Lighting walls and backdrops
- Faking sunlight
- Lighting props
- Adjusting lighting in rooms with windows
- Supplementing daylight
- Staging a plain location