While shooting a film, most of the cameras fail to see at night. You need to add shape and highlights and make the people visible. To build that up from nothing, from total darkness, can be a bit of a task. So here’s how you can light up your night exteriors smartly with these three setups:
- The first setup is the bare moonlight. A cinematographer can always play with the moonlight as per his needs. To make it realistic, soften it and spread it. Then add as much fill as you need.
- Second setup is to combine your practicals with the moonlight. This is a smart way to go about night time exteriors. It helps in extending light and lights up the whole frame.
- The third step is to utilized just the practicals. You have this option only if the moonlight is not the only lighting you have. Look for motivated scenes to push and texturise lighting. You can totally do without the moonlight if you are putting your practicals into a good and smart use.
Apart from all these amazing ways to light night exteriors, you can also watch this video to know more: