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Old Oct 4, 2010, 7:30 PM   #1
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Default Piano / window shot

I need some help on this shot.

The baby grand piano's hinge is near the window. The girl wanted the piano lid up.

There was no way to move the piano without help (the legs are wobbly and I was fearful of trying to move it.)

Because the piano was so close to the window and because the lid opened on the wrong side, there was no way for me to get between her and the window.

The green curtains will be removed in the final version of this.

But here's my question, how do you set this shot up if you can't get between the window and subject?

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Old Oct 4, 2010, 7:57 PM   #2
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artificial light. I say you should block off the actual window because it is actually just over exposed and making the piano lid really dark. create your own "window" on the correct side.
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Old Oct 5, 2010, 4:03 AM   #3
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Can you explain why you need to get between the window and the girl? Is it as Eric suggests something to do with the lighting or more to do with the angle of the shot?
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I was trying only to use the light from the window so as to get a nice light contrast on her face.

If the piano was facing the opposite direction, the piano would have opened up towards the light making it a much easier shot ( I think).
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The angle most familiar to me for these views is from the audience, i.e. pianist in profile and looking into the piano opening. Perhaps at an angle high enough to see some of the piano works. I'd try leaving the window light as fill light and use a flash for primary illumination.
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The lighting doesn't seem bad to me. The classical lighting would have her looking a bit more toward the window, so a triangle of light would fall on her right cheek. This makes the face look a bit more 3D. The main thing that I would want to see is a look on the young lady's face that suggested she was willing to be there...
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