I've just started to shoot a short film and in one of the scenes a woman enters a pitch-black room using a torch (flashlight.) The room is naturally dark, ie. it's after the hours of darkness and the room lights are switched off.
I envisaged shooting her face with some of the stray light from the torch lighting her face, and also envisaged her kind of exploring the room with the torch, ie. shooting the torch as it explored the room.
I was using a pocket torch, the kind that's about two inches long by about an inch wide and is powered by a couple of AA batteries.
I was a bit surprised to find that the cam wouldn't pick up any detail at all, iit wouldn't pick up the woman's face or the room, it just picked up the light from the torch.
This isn't a disaster, you experiment and learn from your mistakes, but my guess is that I would need a more powerful torch - one of those high-powered torches with a powerful beam, to achieve the effect that I'm aiming for.
The ones that I've seen in hardware stores have yellow coloured bodies, and my guess is that these yellow bodies will reflect some light back on her face.
I could have used a cam, a PD170, with a gain control, and played around with this, but I just used a consumer cam as it was just an initial experiment.
How would you guys or girlies have shot a scene like this? Or wouldn't you shoot it at all?