Tuesday, May 25, 2010
How Britton Black creates intriguing, mysterious images through dramatic lighting and color
I try to make it seem like my subjects are emitting the light.
Black is highly selective with his lighting during the exposure. He says that on average there are 10 separate light sources for lighting up key parts of an image, and one of the hardest parts of shooting is hiding all of the lights, power packs and cables from the camera. Most of the actual light painting is done by hand with, surprisingly, a common handheld rechargeable spotlight, the Brinkmann Q-Beam Max Million III. To soften the hard light from the spotlight, he adds hand-cut Plexiglas® that has been covered with privacy window film over the light.
He also has an array of tools to shape his light as needed. Snoots, grids, flags and cinefoil all provide Black with distinctive light characteristics that help him to paint in his scenes. For tight areas that are hard for him to get into, he adds 12-inch Rololights with incandescent tubes.
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