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06/17/2012 10:52:54 PM · #1


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A friend of mine is writing a book. I am shooting some video for a video to be featured on the Amazon page. This image is the image from the cover of the book. (It's a stock photo). I'd like to re-create it with video. I can create the lightning with After Effects. I got an hourglass with white sand (nothing available with purple sand), and am preparing to shoot it.

1) I could achieve the purple with purple gels, or shoot it with white lighting and effect the color in post.

2) Suffice to say I am concerned with shooting what are basically two glass globes without getting reflections everywhere. This is not my traditional assignment. What can I do to save myself? Giant soft light source? One to camera left and a smaller, harder one behind the subject shooting toward the first?

Any other tips?
06/18/2012 12:46:28 AM · #2
You are going to have to mask the background off if you use a filter to achieve the purple sand or the whole image will be tinted. I figur you had that covered, but it seems like a lot of work to mask in video. Maybe it isn't.
06/18/2012 01:42:33 AM · #3
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

You are going to have to mask the background off if you use a filter to achieve the purple sand or the whole image will be tinted. I figur you had that covered, but it seems like a lot of work to mask in video. Maybe it isn't.

You know, this one shot breaks all the rules of "it's always harder in video". Basically, all that will move is the sand. The camera will be still, the hourglass will be still. So to mask out the BG is no big deal. Just make a mask in photoshop and apply it.

FWIW, I was planning on generating some clouds with AE and dropping them in via a mask. To create a realistic simulation, the clouds will have to move (albeit slowly) as well.
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