On Set: Beverly Hills

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As I mentioned in a post from a while ago, I love it when it becomes necessary to un-ghost moving objects that can crop up when processing an HDR. This happens when available light is insufficient for the overexposed image(s) in a bracket to attain a fast enough shutter speed to freeze motion (unless long exposure is deliberately called for in which case you have something else entirely). However, if you are lucky, the underexposed images will be fast enough to freeze the motion. In the below image, every single person was moving to begin with. Why is there enough light to see underneath the desks but still have these people frozen in place? Ordinarily that’s impossible without a flash, but if you know a little Photoshop you can get the best part of all possible images. Each person was selectively taken from the darkest exposure of my 3-shot set (which had a shutter speed of 1/40) and masked into the initial HDR composite. Mess with their levels a little to approximate the light levels in the rest of the image and you get the below result.

And yes, like the two other “On Set” posts, this has been deliberately sparse on details about content ๐Ÿ™‚ So you’re not completely in the dark, the three people on the left are our actors chatting about the previous take and the middle three people are (left to right) one of our cinematographers and our Key Grip and his assistant. In the white shirt is the assistant director, communicating between the camera and lighting crew behind him and the director, producers, and editors as they observe on monitors in the room behind the frosted glass. Finally at the extreme right is our second cinematographer as she steps back to take in the scene from a distance. Everyone has a job and there is a hierarchy to it… it’s always a pleasure to see an image like this where you can clearly see everyone working together to make something really cool, one of the reasons I love set photography so much.

In between takes the camera and lighting department ask to make a small adjustment, relayed through the assistant director (white shirt) to the director in the adjacent room: Beverly Hills, CA

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