So, I want to shoot a mini short, or just some random sample footage just to throw on my demo reel to show that I at least create some great shots.
So, I have this one scene setup, but it requires flashes of lighting. The flashes should eliminate the entire room of the house through its windows.
But, working with a DSLR, it seems it will be a LOT harder than it seems because of that rolling shutter issue thing.
So, here are a few questions I have about lighting flashes:
1) How to create a lightning flash with a DSLR
2) Since I want to eliminate the entire room with a flash of light, what kind of lights would I need?
3) Its a dark setting. There is one character sitting in the middle of the room with a single night stand shining at him. How bright can the flash be?
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06-26-2012 09:28 PM
06-26-2012 09:51 PM
I think your just gonna have to experiment, I cant see anyway to give accurate info. I can say this though. You may be better off doing a combination of the effect live and in post. You dont need something as powerful as a flashgun. Maybe just hitting power to a 2k with a 1/2 ctb. to create the flash from outside, do the same inside, then add in post. Sorry I cant be more helpful. Or you could do it simple and use a cam with ccd's
06-26-2012 10:17 PM
photography flash gun? Much higher wattage than continuous lighting.
06-26-2012 10:28 PM
And usually lightning flashes arent just a single quick flash. Its usually like a flash followed by a few more smaller flashes, or something like that. They may even last longer or shorter.
A little bit off topic, but it may cause problems later, or help with thinking things out, but would lightning flashes be soft or hard light?
Last edited by DDirector; 06-26-2012 at 10:34 PM.
06-27-2012 01:02 AM
There's a really low-tech way to do this...rig a window shutter in front of a light, and flag off the light on the sides. Operate the shutter like you're having an epileptic seizure. Switch the light on and off at the beginning and end of the lightning spell.
I augmented this effect in post by flickering the opacity on a white matte set to the "Add" blend mode...
06-27-2012 05:43 AM
A cheaper method would be just getting two small flags (12x18) and doing the same shutter effect with your hands.
Check this video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeHCC8u1kE0
06-27-2012 06:21 AM
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In post, you could split the clip and apply a flash transition. I used this to fake a vintage flash bulb going off and it worked quite well.
06-27-2012 06:54 AM
Last edited by RickyC; 06-27-2012 at 07:58 AM.