Lighting to hide someone's identity - like tv interviews etc

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kingkezz, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. kingkezz macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2006
    Hey Guys,

    Just wondering if anyone has ever lit for something like this. I'm shooting a doco and my subject doesnt want to be seen. So I guess I'm trying to emulate the sort of style they get of tv/doco's (like your classic 'Today Tonight' style (if your in Aus.)).

    Any idea's.


  2. kjwebb macrumors regular

    May 19, 2003
    Lighting pays an important role. Usually Today Tonight, 7:30 Report and the like use strong backlighting and then change the iris to only show the background strongly with the person either close to or black, or most of the person is hard to see.

    A strong light can include a window if you have enough light coming in.
  3. Waiting4MacBook macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Throw some light on your background if you can, and don't put any light on the subject. Another trick you can use is to throw the image slightly out of focus. Kinda gives a shallow depth of field look for the background, and covers up any part of the silhouette that you can still make out.
  4. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Yep, light your background (or not), and light your subject from behind. Put your light behind him pointing towards the camera, just a little off center of the lens. Gives you a nice rim light and leaves the face in the dark.
    Good luck
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


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    Jan 20, 2005
  6. kingkezz thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2006
    Haha...thanks for your help guys.
  7. aloofman macrumors 68020


    Dec 17, 2002
    It's important to use very strong light on the background and for a backlight (to create the halo along the edge of the shoulders and head). It needs to be strong so that when you iris way down, the halo and background are properly exposed, but the subject is a silhouette, not just in shadow. If you can see parts of their face in shadow, then that kind of defeats the purpose.

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