I’m going to take you through how I light night interiors, and those night interiors will transition from our practical light into moonlight and urban sources that we replicate. These scenes present fragile parameters that we have to work in, and I’m going to outline those to you so that you will be able to comfortably light a night interior scene from scratch.
I love the ability to play the digital sensor right on the edge, where you can barely see detail, just in the shadows. I’ve never been a big fan of hot backlight on night exteriors and I love it to be very underexposed and moody, but just having enough detail to be able to see into the shadows. I’m going to take you through that whole process.
It starts with setting the camera down right at the angle that I’d like to shoot this. Now obviously I’ve got a lot of lights blazing here, so you can see me talking, but immediately we’re going to start to turn these lights off, we’re going to work with just the practical light, we’re going to bring in our moonlight sources or urban sources. We’re in a New York apartment, we’re going to be influenced from metal halide lights outside.
Contains over 17 minutes of extensive video content and analysis.
You will learn:
- How to create a natural look for your night interior scenes
- How to match the color temperatures of your sources
- Where to place your lights
- How tungsten lighting can be used for moonlight / urban sources
- The best methods of exposure when lighting for a dark interior