iPhone Photo of the Day

On location with Atria Senior Living in Walnut Creek, California. Alan Vance applying ND gels to the can lights…..we shot until 10:30pm, back for more tomorrow morning!

7 responses to “iPhone Photo of the Day

  1. Michael Pennello

    When you apply an nd to the can light how do you attach it?

  2. Michael, gaffer’s tape is the end-all and be-all of a PA’s existence….doesn’t have to be neat and pretty, just has to stay up in there for the half hour or hour it takes to get the shot!

  3. Michael Pennello

    Thanks, so the gaffers tape goes inside the can and attaches to the inside wall of the can or does it go on the rim outside and you photoshop the tape out? Maybe a quick pic of how the nd is actually attached would be a big help to myself and possibly a few others. Also have you ever just replaced the bulbs with 15 watt or the little 7.5 watt bulbs? Thanks for your reply

  4. Hey Michael, this is Alan. To answer your question, the ND was tapped to the inside of the can. In this specific instance I had cut the ND into a 6″x6″ square placed a a couple of two inch strips of gaff tape on the edges and shoved it right into can. I wish I had a pic to show you but its pretty straight forward, you just want to make sure that the gel isn’t hanging out of the can.

    We did use 15 watt bulbs in a few other instances and it’s a bit easier (if you don’t mind burning your finger tips!) This particular building was going for a L.E.E.D. green building certification, so the majority of the light in the building were an non screw in bulb system. Leaving me with a lot of lights to gel.

  5. Michael Pennello

    Thanks so much Alan. I have an interior with 16 cans in it to shoot and have always used the 15 watt and now the 7 watt bulbs in the past. I had heard of people using nd inside the cans but was unsure how to attach and also how to make sure the nd wasn’t touching the bulb itself. Appreciate you and Scott’s quick responses.

  6. Michael, get the “cinegels” – the ones made for hotlights, and they won’t melt unless you touch them to a halogen. Tungsten fixtures won’t damage them at all.