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There is much in this article that is questionable. Point #2 is a serious mistake. If you wish a scene to be dark you light it to be that way and expose it properly. Large swaths of negative space in the image combined wtih appropriately exposed areas you wish to reveal. Start with a black frame and light what you wish to see. Utilize a lot of the latitude available in the camera, so that there is more information in the image. There is also more image to work with in post should the need arise. Depending upon the camera, underexposing can put major portions of the image into a noisy questionable portion of the recording. Film Noir is great for suspense, but underexposure is not how such images are created.
The author of this article has an erroneous, fundamental misunderstanding of lighting and exposure and how they are used to create low key scenes.His point #2 is well intended in spirit, buy utterly incorrect.
You guys are bringing up good points. I'm trying to learn more about lighting as a new director. I can say that I think the images did provide the tone and mood that Fincher was going for.
Yup. Nothing "underexposed". It's lit low key and correctly exposed for the intended result. Two totally different things.
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