Meesto (meesto) wrote in blackspotfilm,

Shooting Day for Night

Shooting at night? Which lights can we afford to use? What batteries or power supply do we need? How many ohms, amp hours, volts and watts will be used?

These are questions which, lately, have been keeping me up at night.

I've been pouring over any material I can find to figure out what I can bring to the table to help out with this challenge. It's a challenge trying to come up with clever ways to get cheap, effective lighting out of super-bright LED's, Cold Compact Fluorescent Lights,and  Quartz Halogen Floods. I've got a big pile of high-voltage/amp hour batteries (easily scavenged from a supply of un-iterruptible power supplies that we brought from the States when we came to NZ) which we could potentially use, but they require recharging and would only provide 3-4 hours of lighting per use and would take 24+ hours to recharge. We could hire a generator, but at around $50/day plus petrol (and noise issues) that becomes a hassle as well.

I think the bottom line is that it may be necessary to shoot day for night. There are no extra lights to hire, rig or potentially damage. No additional batteries are required so there is less recharge time.

So let me share my collection of "day for night" shooting tips that I have found and maybe this is the best way to go. Filters are cheap, we have a matte-box and we wont be tripping over things in the dark if we do "day for night".

I think what really needs to happen is some test shots need to be made with different setups to see how the XL-2 will work for this. I am certain it will and that it is just a matter of spending the time to test and proof the techniques mentioned above.

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