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SIC Preview: Rosco Diffusion Series Part 6: Color Grids

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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You will learn:

  • Test results of 1/4 Straw Grid Cloth, 1/2 CTS Grid Cloth, Full Straw Grid Cloth, and Moonlight Grid Cloth
  • Characteristics of the different color grid cloths.
  • When and why to apply which color grid diffusion.
  • How color grid diffusions affect light levels and color temperature.
  • How color grid diffusion affects your light source.
  • How to create an even source using certain color grid diffusion.
  • How each grid diffusion affects your shadows and the skin of your subject.
  • How each grid diffusion stacks up against each other.
  • How to utilize false colors to see the differences in the color grid diffusion.
  • How to maintain your lighting ratio when using thicker color grid diffusion.
  • How to create an even source using certain color grid diffusion.  

When on set, sometimes you want to warm up the scene or cool it down. Maybe you want to add some green or magenta into the image. How about keeping the image soft as well? Sometimes it’s hard to carry 40 different gels and diffusions, so what if you could consolidate some into one piece of lighting control? That’s where Color Grid Cloths come in. Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through his favorite color grids and how they stack up against each other in real-world scenarios so you can know how, when, and why to use different types of Grid Cloths for your own productions!

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