Hello fellow stop motion-ers!
I have managed to teach myself enough to make a few stop motions, but I still don't quite understand what type of lighting/bulbs to use to prevent the subtle flickering throughout an animation? I want to be able to achieve a clean, consistent look but I don't really have the money to spend on professional Dedo lights and the like.
Does anybody have any wisdom or advice on the subject? Any help at all would be hugely appreciated!
Below is a link to my latest attempt at stop motion. The flickering effect almost suits the tone of the film here, but I would love to know how to control it for future animations.
Used a small incandescent candelabra bulb hooked up to a Dragonframe DDMX-S2 light controller. It also requires a DMX dimmer. They are pretty reasonably priced and can be found in DJ supply stores or on Amazon. Dragonframe allows you to keyframe the flickering of the lights.
I should mention, the HUE lights from Phillips can't be controlled through Dragonframe. The wifi built into the lights causes all kinds of problems. I'm assuming they need full power to work.
I might have blamed my Canon 40d, but I set my old Nikon up next to it, and a multimeter in the shot that was connected to the incoming mains voltage, and images from both cameras got brighter and darker on the same frames, and the needle of the meter went up on the brighter ones. Just to speed the test up, I turned my big latex-baking oven on and off a few times to drop the voltage, so I didn't have to wait for the factories in the next block to draw more power and do it.
I was getting this flicker at the ABC too, but I noticed it much more with a digital SLR than with 16mm or 35mm film. So I'm thinking the DSLRs are particularly sensitive to these small changes in brightness. It's not due to exposure time, I used the same 1/2 sec to 1 1/2 sec exposures on the DSLR that I used on film.
Chiming in way late here but,
Most of the flicker in that film looks more likely to be coming from where you (or other people/objects) are standing in the room when you capture a frame. Depending on your exposure settings and the ambient light/bounce in the room this effect can be almost nonexistent or very pronounced.
I've had to duck completely below the set and banish other people from the stage to get rid of light shifts on some projects.
You can even test it without animating anything, just capture a series of shots with you standing or leaning in different ways/places. Then do a series while you stand completely still. If that is the casue you will see light shifting in the first take and not in the second.