Lighting car interiors at night
Can I simulate the odd colours of the street lights?
You can use a small battery light or another LitePad. It could be tungsten or daylight balanced - it depends on the colour that looks best in the particular location.
Rosco Cinegel 3152 Urban Vapour can be used to simulate Sodium Vapour street lamps. To mimic the blue appearance of street lighting, typically Metal halide or Fluorescent, you can add Rosco Cinegel 3204 1/2 CTB or 3202 Full CTB to the light source being used. You will hear the gel rattle in the wind as you drive, so make sure the gel is taped tightly.
Attaching this light is simpler than it seems.
- You will need two Manfrotto Magic Arms, two Super Clamps and two Manfrotto Pump Cups.
- Attach one of the Pump Cups to a flat area on the roof of the vehicle preferably just above the driver’s side window
- Connect a Magic Arm and secure the light to the opposite end
- Lock the arm in a position where the light is not seen the shot, but skirts the door interior and the shoulders of the driver
- Locate an attachment point for the second Pump Cup. It is often most secure when it is sucked onto a glass surface – car windows are perfect
- Attach the second Pump Cup – in this case, to the rear driver’s side window
- Attach another Magic Arm and fit a Super Clamp to the opposite end
- Brace the first Magic Arm close to the light attachment point with the Super Clamp and lock the Magic Arm
- Make sure that the Magic Arms and light are not extending too far from the side of the vehicle (150mm at most)
Use gaffer tape to run the cable from the light to a point where you can switch it off or on. It will be useful to have this control.
Finally, driving sequences at night look better if there is a reasonable amount of suburban or city light in the streets. It helps to justify this simple lighting setup.© 2016 Pieter de Vries ACS