Filming at Night – an alternative

When you try to film at night the results (if you don’t have good lights and use them carefully) can be very disappointing.

An alternative is to film “day for night”.

Shoot in good sunlight,  and preferably later in the afternoon so you still have plenty of light but some shadows then adjust the shots in post production to make it look as though it is night by reducing the exposure and also taking some colour out.   This really works.

originaal image

This is from the original footage – shot on a sunny day about 2.00pm

image withou black and white filter

Here the exposure has been reduced using the Sony Vegas brightness filter

darker image

Here the colour has been reduced a little by adding the Sony Vegas Black and White filter.