Eduardo Serra: Exposure Approach

From American Cinematographer, Dream Weavers by Ron Magid (November 1998)

"Eduardo is very methodical and particular about light. He can create what I call 'exotic experiences,' particularly in smaller environments. He paints in tones photographically, so he'll underexpose a background element in a very measured way — by two or three stops — but he's very conscious that that element is an important part of the shot, which creates this very layered, European effect. He uses a scale of grays to measure each part of the frame. And even though some elements are underexposed, they're all part of the painting, so to speak. Sometimes the objects that are two stops under are actually the most important aspects of the shot. That [technique] creates a kind of unity of emphasis."

- Vincent Ward, Director of What Dreams May Come

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