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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Barn Door Mount

Applications

Barn doors (see figure 27-1) are perhaps one of the most efficient methods of controlling the throw pattern of a light. While light control with flags and diffusion is more exact, barn doors can be adjusted instantly right at the source. Additionally, barn doors provide an easy mounting platform to attach gels, diffusion, or other light-modulating materials.

While most professional lights for film production include barn doors, few consumer-grade lights do. The size and form factors vary so much from light to light, so you can’t purchase generic barn doors that will fit any lighting fixture. The construction of barn ...

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