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Hey all, was wondering if anyone has any experience or thoughts on setting up lights when you are shooting in a small room, but your set is pretty big.  I'm not sure if it's going to be possible for me to shoot in my studio because it's 10'x10' and my set is 8'x4'.  It's all outdoor desert-like scenery so pretty even lighting, well lit.  Has anyone attached lights to walls and ceiling?  What kind of semi professional lights would anyone recommend? I don't have much experience with lighting and this is my first serious effort with stop-motion animation.

I would really hope to find a way to make it work because it's very costly to rent a larger art studio where I live in Austin, TX.  Also, if anyone lives in the area has any ideas where to find a larger space to shoot on the cheap or for free/barter?

Thanks so much! :) 

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We also had problems lack of area for correct lightning setup.
So we made a re-lightning method.
It seperates specularity, diffuse, scatter and normals and then relight them in post.
Inorder to do this however requires object to be shot with several exposures, polarizing filers, four lights surrounding objects, RGB gels to seperate scatter.

When you have gotten all these, you need to combine the diffrent exposure times to one single HDRI image. Later you need to create a normal map and a scatter map.
If you are good with scripting this can be automated quite easily.

Here is me creating a normal map:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6Z9_M8arI

How to use Normal map in AE: 
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/scene_re-lighting/

Recipe:

Enviroment HDRI:
120 flat exposures with polarisers or chrome ball.

Object:

6 flat exposures with polarisers for diffuse
6 flat exposures with polarisers for specular
4 shots for normal map

If you are going to do a 2,5D image then you will need a rotating table and repeat the process for those angles you want.


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If you find that the method above is a pain in the *ss then you can build a light stage with the help of old LCD screens. The image on the LCD should match closely to the final frame and perspective.



Thanks! This is cool, but way too technical for me.  I'm still graduating from actual film to digital. would rather light it the old fashioned way :)

Wide angle lens question -

Yes, I use a 28mm wide angle lens for most of my wide shots.  Sometimes a 24mm.

thanks Nick!

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