Lighting a scene to look dark


#1

Hey, my name is Michael. Im working for a project where there is a scene in which the talent is inside a dimly lit room. I havent been able to find any resources online to “light a room to look dimly lit”. I have one softlight that i borrowed from my friend, but i never made a scene like this before. Any suggestions of how can i achieve this without bumping my ISO and with an f/1.4 lens?


#2

Hi Michael,

What you could do is work mostly with back-light. Having your subject’s face (that is turned to the camera) underexposed gives the feeling of a dark scene.

This back light doesn’t need to be behind your subject, it can also be off screen shining on the wall or a soft lighting filling up the room.

If your subject is completely dark, then use a reflector or something to add a little bit of detail in there.

I wouldn’t worry too much about the ISO. A common misconception is that dark environments always give noise.

Like you say, you wanna film a dark scenery. So it’s important you keep the scene dark and also not bump up the ISO. You can control the exposure with your back light.


#3

If there is a tv in the scene that is supposedly lightning the talent’s face, how can i make it so the light dims and brightens on random intervals to give like a “light from an old tv” look?


#4

What you could do is hide an LED panel somewhere and turn the dial fast to let it flicker. This is done quite often actually.