When filming it’s always good to think creatively about using the actual location light rather than always using your regular lighting setup. Here’s a nice example. I was setting up to film a scene in a corridor and noticed that the lights were quite atmospheric and moody. Rather than illuminate the entire corridor with my filming lights I decided to just use the corridor light and illuminate the main character’s face with an iPad (it was in the script that he was holding one). Much better than a bright yet boring corridor. For the close up I added an LED light on a low setting – illuminating the face from below to add a bit more brightness on the character yet still give the impression that the light is coming from his device.

 

Corridor Shot