Dark building light ideas

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Stormin Mormon, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. I've been asked to do several "dark building inspections".
    Retail stores, which are closed for business. One of the
    things to do, is to take a lot of digital photos, and email
    them to the headquarters.

    The one building I was in, had electricity, but for whatever
    reason, I couldn't get the lights to work. So, I'm walking
    around with my Mag light, and a flash camera, taking photos
    of wall damage, water on the floor, and so on.

    I'd like to find some kind of light that will have good
    output, and be a fairly even light. Flood light, of some
    kind. To suppliment the light that my flash camera provides.
    The last time I was in the store, I was there for about
    three hours. So, the light should ideally work for at least
    three hours on a charge, or on a set of batteries.

    Ideas?
     
    Stormin Mormon, Mar 1, 2009
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  2. Something like B&H Photo SPACDC3200K should do.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/429287-REG/SP_Systems__Excalibur_Lancerlight_320_Total.html
     
    Bob Kirkpatrick, Mar 3, 2009
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  3. Stormin Mormon

    Paul Furman Guest

    Is $300 too much? I was looking at these LED lights the other day, they
    can mount on your hot shoe or be moved around:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542007-REG/Litepanels_LP_MICRO_LPMICRO_Micro_LED_on.html
    Designed for video, more suitable for about 5 feet away as I understand
    but darn bright for 8 hours on a few AA batteries. Kinda cheap plastic,
    there's other sturdier options but I like this one because it's
    dimmable, my interest is more for controlled still lighting, so I can
    see what the effect will be. I don't think this would have much effect
    at a distance, flash is much more efficient and high powered. Light
    falls off by distance so a hand held source is always going to be dark
    in the background in a large dark room. You probably would need a much
    larger & more expensive car-battery operated rig for more than this, and
    a parabolic reflector of some sort to push it into the background of
    your frame - or set it up halfway to the far wall behind something -
    this could be done with remote flashes too.

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    Paul Furman, Mar 7, 2009
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  4. Yes, three C'notes is more than I wanted to spend. I did my
    second inspection. Whole different animal. First building
    was dark. As part of the checklist, I had to measure the
    roof AC units for air filters.

    Second building, didn't need my flashlight. But, I did need
    a ladder to get to the roof. The third building will be all
    different than that.

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    Is $300 too much? I was looking at these LED lights the
    other day, they
    can mount on your hot shoe or be moved around:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542007-REG/Litepanels_LP_MICRO_LPMICRO_Micro_LED_on.html
    Designed for video, more suitable for about 5 feet away as I
    understand
    but darn bright for 8 hours on a few AA batteries. Kinda
    cheap plastic,
    there's other sturdier options but I like this one because
    it's
    dimmable, my interest is more for controlled still lighting,
    so I can
    see what the effect will be. I don't think this would have
    much effect
    at a distance, flash is much more efficient and high
    powered. Light
    falls off by distance so a hand held source is always going
    to be dark
    in the background in a large dark room. You probably would
    need a much
    larger & more expensive car-battery operated rig for more
    than this, and
    a parabolic reflector of some sort to push it into the
    background of
    your frame - or set it up halfway to the far wall behind
    something -
    this could be done with remote flashes too.

    --
    Paul Furman
    www.edgehill.net
    www.baynatives.com

    all google groups messages filtered due to spam
     
    Stormin Mormon, Mar 14, 2009
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