Re: Filming Neon at night

From: Sam Wells (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 08:42:42 PDT

Hi Nicky,

The sign's color will be so narrow band the difference between
tungsten & daylight film will likely only be a slight shade cooler or

Is there anything else in the shot important color-wise ?

I wouldn't let it go more than 2 ish stops over if you want to retain
all it's color -- that said you can blow out the center of the tube
to white and still will see green @ it's edges if you don't want to
underexpose everything else --

Reversal or negative ?


> Can anyone advise about exposure and colour balance for filming a
> green neon sign at night?
> I have a spot meter to measure the sign, which is some distance
> from the camera. What compensation would I have to make?
> Thanks,
> Nicky Hamlyn.

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