New York City Cameraman – Chris Halleen | Tips for Lighting and More | Interviews, fashion shows, red carpets, sports games, documentaries, reality television. The list can go on. As a cameraman, it is important to know that every shoot has to be treated differently in regard to the equipment and lighting that is used. So, how are we supposed to know what to use? Well, we asked Assignment Desk’s preferred vendor – New York City cameraman, Chris Halleen, how he prepares for different types of shoots.
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Knowing your set beforehand is often the most helpful. A shoot such as a fashion show is usually an environment with low light. Therefore, you should think about renting a camera that can capture all of the glamorous fashion better in that dark room if you don’t already own one. Speaking of glamorous…there are also red carpet events, which are in the dim evening most of the time.
“I usually set up 2 panels to give the flat even lighting on the subject’s face, while using on-camera lights which are also lightweight. This makes shooting a lot simpler in a hectic environment.” – Chris Halleen
How cool! What about for Interviews?
The lighting for interviews depends on the style that the client is looking for. Interview styles can be dramatic, flat, news, or even “another take”. Chris said he does a key or negative fill to make the shadows lighter by putting in a flag, or black cloth called Duvetine. The cloth helps absorbs light so it doesn’t reflect in a white room.
“If the client wants that dark look in a room that is all white, there will be light bouncing off everyone.” – Chris Halleen.
This means that the room and set matters greatly when planning for a shoot. It’s also important to keep in mind that setting up a multi-person interview requires more than basic 3 point lighting. Every person needs to be lit individually. More light power needs to be used, and there is a lot more to think about!
Want to see a sample of lighting styles? Check out the video below:
Time is of the essence!
Chris emphasized that having enough time to set up for a shoot is crucial. Sometimes if a client wants a dramatic shot, the crew needs more than 30 minutes to ensure they can tweak the setup. This helps give it a unique, creative look while using the proper resources. How long can this take? Sometimes up to 2 hours.
Thanks, Chris Halleen for teaching us that with every different shoot, there is something new to think about! Our teams at Assignment Desk are equipped to adapt to all environments in order to make the projects they work on even better than our clients imagined!