DIY // Not-Quite-Ring Lights
Here’s the main shot we used it for, a macro shot of Cindy’s eye. This is on a Canon FD 50mm w/ 2x Extender on a Sony FS100. I’ll post a still from the final result when they get into post, but you can get an idea of the effect in the monitor above. That’s Travis Tips, the DP, grabbing focus because I was taking the above photo for this blog, which was obviously far more important.
On the bottom left corner, you can also see a gobo arm that Cindy is leaning against. For shots like these where the focus is super shallow, this helps the actor keep their position. This technique is also useful for shots where an actor’s hand or other body part needs to land in a particular spot, like an XCU of giving someone the finger.
And speaking of tricks o’ the trade, Sachtler tripods make good monitor stands as well when you don’t have a free hand but you really really want a cookie.
I had a lot of cookies that day.