|Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:35 am Post subject:
|I've gotten the look you're aiming for -- low-key.
I don't keep copies of my video splash screen, so check out the first seven seconds of these videos to see if I understand your aim:
Okay, so first thing to do is meter off the silver.
Next, pull the camera away from the background about a foot, and use a black backdrop if possible.
You'll want your flash to the side (of your taking camera, aimed 45-60 degrees at the subject) so that the excess light does not hit the background. If your flash front pulls out for a telephoto setting, that would give you more targeted light.
If it's too light, cut your shutter speed or lower your sensitivity. If that's still too bright, put an ND filter over the flash. If that's still too bright, use some tin foil to cover all but the central 1/3 of the flash. You can still use the ND filter over the tin-foiled flash.
That ought to get you pretty far down the path, if not there.