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Lemons Into Lemonade

Computer Server Room

It is very rare to walk into aesthetically pleasing commercial spaces (see before shot below) and yet we are still required to deliver a captivating image.  My “go to ” technique for scenes like this one – lighting only what I want to see and letting go to dark what I don’t.  I took advantage of the fall off from inverse square law by placing my Alien Bee 1600 & 16″ beauty dish as close as possible to prevent the main light from scattering on to the background.  A second Alien Bee 1600 fitted with barn doors and a grid was positioned opposite the beauty dish as a rim light. A third Alien Bee 1600 with barn doors and a blue gel was placed on the far camera right to illuminate the background server racks.  A Sunpak 622 (modified with a 5″ round reflector) fitted with a tight grid was aimed at the computer keyboard and monitor.  Lastly, a Quantaray QB6500A with a purple gel was positioned behind the server rack to the camera left.  Canon 5D mk III, 24-105mm f/4 L, 1/160 sec @ f/9, ISO 200. Triggered via Radio Popper Jrx and optical slaves.  (see lighting diagram below)

Computer Server Room Before

Computer Server Room LightingSetup

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