Anatomy of the lighting for a T-Mobile ad shot in an elevator with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Art Adams has written a detailed article over on ProVideoCoalition about how they lit a T-Mobile ad shot in an elevator with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It is an interesting read if you want to know what it is like having to do lighting on a production commercial shoot. [source: this tweet]

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A snippet of Art's post

What’s the best camera to use when shooting in an elevator? A small one. Hellooooo Canon 5D…

Over time I’ve come to respect the Canon 5D. It’s not the most user friendly of cameras, and it has some fairly serious faults, but if you can avoid the pitfalls it can make very pretty images.

Film industry lesson #1: You never know where future jobs will come from. I had no idea that shooting this project would introduce me to the great people at Teak Digital. They cut the project for producer Sean Cope, and they liked what they saw and hired me to shoot this web spot for T-Mobile.

This was my first job for Teak Digital and director Greg Rowan. Working with Greg is a treat: he’s an easy-going director who knows exactly what he wants but isn’t afraid to collaborate if it makes the project better. As a result of that collaboration we took what could have been a fairly straightforward project and gave it a little something extra.

Please read the whole story – it is much longer!

Light Illusion Canon EOS curves

At the end of the article, Art mentions that they used “Canon 5D loaded with Light Illusion gamma curves” – I didn't know about this so I did look them up…

Pre-Built Gamma Curves
The selection of curves provided by Light Illusion attempt to maximise the capture capabilities of the Canon EOS cameras, enabling the most to be made of the images in later post-production, and are based on the very successful Sony Gamma Curves, also from Light Illusion.

While there are limits as to the amount of improvement that can be made with these cameras, using in-camera Gamma Curves helps a lot as they are applied to the image as it is read from the image sensor, pre-compression, and so the advantages are obvious.

You might want to do some of your own investigation of those!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Zeiss Cinema Lenses

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