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First time posting. Still from shooting with Andrew Young. A project we shot on the a7s2 and Sony 70-200 (2nd cam was a7iii and 85 1.8) Lit using some cheap Lowell lights. Any feedback is welcome.

First time posting. Still from shooting with Andrew Young. A project we shot on the a7s2 and Sony 70-200 (2nd cam was a7iii and 85 1.8) Lit using some cheap Lowell lights. Any feedback is welcome.

bangsilencedeath

I'd say that you should try to get the light in his eyes. In this shot he really doesn't look alive.


treywlker

Any suggestions? That’s what I was thinking it was missing!


king_in_yelloh

Adding a larger bounce in front of him might give something for his eyes to reflect, without blinding him. I guess that could change your look, but it’s worth experimenting. I really like this look! Nice reminder that older cameras and good glass can still make a great image.


treywlker

For sure! Thanks! I’ve since upgraded but that a7sii is still a beast for how old it is.


GloomySphere

What camera have you upgraded to? Is it the sony A7siii?


treywlker

Fx3 and A7s3!


GloomySphere

That is really cool. I was wondering, why did you buy the a7s3 instead of another camera such as the bmpcc6k? This is just out of curiosity as I will soon buy my first proper camera, and I have been looking at getting the a7s3, however I am just asking different people why they specifically bought that camera for them.


treywlker

I got the fx3 first, then a buddy gave me the A7s3 on loan for the rest of the year or so. (He’s hiking the AT) I choose to stay Sony due to already being so invested, I have E mount everything and also own the A7r3. The BMPCC6k just wasn’t what I wanted, really no other reason Than i have stuck with Sony and plan to stay with them until I make the move to Red or Arri or even black magic, but I won’t do that for awhile.


bangsilencedeath

You can lower the height of the light so you can see it's specular highlight in his eyes.


treywlker

Will do that for next time for sure. Thanks


bangsilencedeath

Hey, glad to have been even a little helpful.


DurtyKurty

Just lowering the light source in this shot would help


treywlker

This is from my city’s 2020 MLK project. We filmed 6 music styled videos, plus had Andrew Young do a ‘fireside chat’ for the main event. Due to covid, it was all pre-recorded and broadcast at a drive in show. Which was the coolest way to see my work shown. We lit everything with Lowell Kit lights and shot on a7s2, a7iii and 85, 70-200, and 35 lenses. This is an example of a tight shot we got of Ambassador Young. Any feedback welcome


helloslite

Love it! Great work. After reading the context of the shot, I think you capture the mood perfectly.


treywlker

Thank you!


babysealnz

Tilt down.


treywlker

Got it!


ldratio

Just push the frame up a bit if it’s 16x9 native. Put some tape on the camera next time if so, so that you can frame for your delivery resolution. (Not sure if you can put a matte in camera on alpha series)


townerstreet

Eye line might be a bit high, he seems to be looking up. His jacket blends into the background, a subtle rim could help. Tilt down a hair so the eyes are on the upper third. Overall it looks solid, I’d buy it!


treywlker

Thanks! I can def improve on everything but the jacket. He didn’t want to change haha.


computermachinemusic

Head room


je7591

Lighting is perfect, but why did you cut off his head? Unless it’s a more tense part of an interview…


treywlker

This is for when he was talking specifically about the KKK visiting him at his home. We had a wide shot too.


je7591

I gotcha. Well it looks incredible. The framing bugs me, but I’m a bit neurotic about that so there’s my two cents


treywlker

Haha all good!!


Tank-Rabbit

I think it looks awesome. Great job


treywlker

Thank you!


crwrd

This is an image to be very proud of. Really captures the seriousness of the subject matter. Great work. Care to share how the cheap lights were used?


treywlker

Thank you! And I got two Lowell kits for around 300$ on Facebook marketplace.


crwrd

Sorry I should clarify. I’m just curious how these lights were set up.


treywlker

Sorry, haha. We had our main source just camera right, bounced off the white wall behind it. Then a small light hitting the background from camera left, flagged off so it didn’t spill unnecessarily. They had those emergency overhead lights that you can’t shut off so those played a small part in the lighting but not much. (Didn’t have another Flag to flag it off, so just let it ride)


crwrd

Thanks! This is more or less what I figured it would be, but I was doubting myself because the image looks like you spent a lot more on this shoot than you actually did! Great work, amigo!


treywlker

Thanks 🙏🏽!!


Cwooki

A BCU should indeed have a slightly cut-off head. I think everything was already said, eye light, tilt slightly down & different color jacket OR a rim light as its a bit of a floating head now.