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  • Shooting Laser Tag

    Posted by Eric Strand on December 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Hi all, sounds like we’re going to be filming a corporate executive playing a couple games of laser tag. I have not seen the space yet, nor have info on the laser guns themselves, but let’s assume typical blacked out room with neon lights.

    I was thinking about china balls with some colored bulbs to bring up the ambient light level? Or throw some color gels over a 1×1 flex and bounce off white paper on the ceiling?

    At first I thought a7sII because of the low light, but bringing up exposure in any way will obviously blow out the neon lights immediately.

    Any experience or thoughts?



    Eric Strand replied 6 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Mark Suszko

    December 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    If this is an actual game session, I kinda doubt you’ll get to ad ANY supplemental lighting except for *maybe* an on-camera light. If it’s a staged even specifically for shooting footage, then you can do anything you want.

    Laser tag games don’t “require” darkness-the beams are Infra-Red, and for insurance purposes, the game areas usually have adequate and artistically arranged lighting so people running around don’t get hurt. Though I can imagine a few areas might have spookier lighting in them, that’s likely not the case overall.

    My gut says to hang a variable-powered LED panel on the camera and just do what you can, if it’s a real game. If the gaming area is kind of open, and there’s a balcony for spectators, maybe an LED follow-spot, aimed at your “hero” from a distance, manually tracked by a helper?

    (Was doing this back in the 80’s in Arlington Heights, IL when it was called “Photon”. You wouldn’t believe how bulky the gear and helmets were)

  • Eric Strand

    December 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Mark, appreciate the suggestions hopefully if we get some photos of the place we’ll get a better idea. The YouTube videos show the ambient lighting varies a lot of from place to place.


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