Lights & Gels
I remember when I first got into cinematography in 2012, I always said “I more of a natural light guy" until I realised I was just being lazy learning about creating a world and atmosphere that just happened not to exist at that particular time.
Natural light is great, God is the best gaffer right? However, it’s pretty hard to control. Ever since then, I’ve become an avid member of Team Artificial Light. I light from dark… turn off all the lights and let’s build the scene from there. This takes ages especially when you are working alone but when you see the results, it’s so rewarding!
Nothing you see on TV is real. Next time you watch a film and you see a shot you like, ask yourself, how was that lit? 90% of getting the “film look" is lighting, not the camera, lens or grade.
Practical Light to light background
Spot LED light on a boom stand to create a top light
Dimmable LED light to create a TV light source. Dimming function was also used to simulate TV flicker.
Camera: Black Magic Production Camera 4K
Lens: Canon 24L and 100L
Graded in Davinci Resolve