Blaine01Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:

 Never overexpose high def.

 Control highlights: HD has trouble with them.

 Avoid using gain whenever possible.

 Nail exposure when you can, but if not, err on the side of underexposure, not overexposure.

 23.98 fps is the most frequent choice for narrative storytelling.

 29.97 fps is usually preferred for sports.

 A potential problem is too much depth-of-field. This is not a problem with full frame HD cameras as they are roughly the same DOF as 35mm film cameras.

 Another problem is seeing too much detail in things like makeup, sets, and wardrobe.

 Shoot at 23.98 or 29.97, not 24 or 30. This is important for audio sync.

 There are times when you will need to shoot actual 24 or 30 fps; consult with your editor.


Excerpted from Cinematography: Theory and Practice Second Edition by Blain Brown, © 2011 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


 

 

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