Where can you find a lighting for the home photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by wayne, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. wayne

    wayne Guest

    Any cheap ones would be fine. Just for fun and make the potrait
    photos less flashlight dependent. Thanks.
     
    wayne, Dec 1, 2004
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    Kevin Guest

    Here is a really easy method and will cost you under 20 bucks. Go to
    your local hardwars store, walmart or box store.

    You know those silver dome lights that clamp on things. get on that
    can candle a 250w bulb, or buy a pair.

    I like to use the 200 in one either off to one side, and then a 150w
    Reveal bulb in one on the other side. Depending on how I bounce the
    light.

    or another thing that I use at the holidays is a Sunpak FP-38 Flat
    Panel Flash unit. this has a built in slave unit that can be fire
    from up to 90 degrees with your on camera flash. just dim its output,
    ot put a piece of tissue over your on camra flash.

    Just some ideas.
     
    Kevin, Dec 2, 2004
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    DaveT Guest

    For a little more money, you can buy "Halogen Work Lights" on
    collapsable 3-legged stands that work pretty well. They show up on
    sale in the 20 to 30 dollar range (cheaper without the stands.) They
    are rectangular housings with a built-in reflector and glass cover.
    They have very high light output (300 or 500 W tubular lamps). I find
    it best to remove the protective wire grid on the front to reduce
    patterns in the light. I use two of those to photograph paintings and
    other small to medium size inanimate objects. Their color temperature
    is remarkably close to tungsten photofloods; I've had good results
    with Tungsten Ektachrome slide film, as well as with the digital
    camera.

    Dave T
     
    DaveT, Dec 2, 2004
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    Kevin Guest

    For a little more money, you can buy "Halogen Work Lights" on
    Good idea, just one additional add on to that, which I am going to try
    as soon as I get a chance. How about putting and additional piece of
    glass in front of the halogens that is similiar shading to a #80
    filter. this would correct some of the color balance issues. I
    imagine I could find just the piece of glass at a stained glass store
    that also makes lamps and stuff.

    Just an Idea, think it would work?
     
    Kevin, Dec 2, 2004
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  5. wayne

    DaveT Guest

    Maybe. I don't know if heat resistance might be an issue, those lamps
    get quite toasty. My digital (Canon A80) can do manual white balance,
    in addition to auto and a tungsten setting, so there's not been much
    incentive to try that. I have used an on-camera 80B with film. I've
    no idea how close to the ideal color you could come from stained glass
    suppliers; but maybe close is sufficient.

    For even lighting you might want a flat smooth glass, as opposed to
    the rough or dimpled stuff I've seen in stained glass work, but it may
    not matter. I know that the protective wire grid two or three inches
    in front of the glass definitely created some shadow patterns, that's
    why I take it off.

    DaveT
     
    DaveT, Dec 2, 2004
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    Frank ess Guest

    My experience is the hot halogens put out enough light they can be
    bounced off walls and whatnot, which diffuses the light. Among the
    whatnots I have used are sheets of foamcore in various colors, allowing
    some interesting changes. Standard white or gray foamcore panels are
    useful and durable. I have old tripods with coathanger-and-clamp
    arrangements to hold the foamcore panels in position. I think I got the
    spring-loaded clamps from Radio Shack, twenty years ago. They are like
    jumper cable clamps but about five inches long and were meant for some
    kind of electrical projects, came four in a package.

    With more than one panel or light, distance from the subject can adjust
    the intensity of light from a side. You can get your Rembrandt lighting
    pretty easily and effectively.

    The panels are not restricted to hot light: flash can be bounced off
    them, too, but they have to be a bit closer to the subject, or pretty
    powerful.
     
    Frank ess, Dec 2, 2004
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