Today I shot a pilot for a documentary series hopefully coming soon. We were a small team, sound guy and myself + producer, no budget and short of time.
Here is an example of what natural light can look like in a hurry. Very simple setup. I taped some 250 diff (3/4 stop loss) to the windows (RED marked) and put a 1/4 stop silk flag on the top window to take the harsh edge off. Then a little bounce from the left. The only light in this shot was a small LED (with 1/8 Minus green) that hits him ever ever so slightly on the right cheek. That it!! We shot this on the Sony FS7, in Slog3, XAVC.
Other things I wish I would have done: Add a black flag to the right hand side to give a little more contrast face right. Remove the plant in the way back. Never ever happy… 😉
This is the final frame. Slog3. NO grading
The compression artifacts in the frame grabs are due to hard JPG compression for the web!