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Watch: Shane Hurlbut on Sculpting Background Hard Light

We’ve spoken to d.p. Shane Hurlbut about camera tests and other matters before. In this video, you can see him in action: with a model in the foreground, he sets about messing with c-stands, toppers, and other tools to systematically create the illusion of a latticed window shadow behind her. Light is systematically managed and reduced for detail when Hurlbut decides he doesn’t want it to spill onto the floor, which is exactly what thoughtful light manipulation (with an equipment budget) is all about.

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