Do It Yourself {Portrait Lights}

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by df3photo, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. df3photo

    df3photo TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Erie Pennsylvania
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    ~ First off, I am not possitive if this is the right place for this thread... if not feel free to move it.

    --OK,
    So I cant afford to buy strobelights right now so I made up some lights that I hope will work for a project I am working on.

    What I did was, I took some $5 work lights (4 of them) and painted the inside of the reflector white. then I made softboxes for around them out of foamcore sheets that are about $3 each at Walmart (cheaper other places...) Each one of the sides took 2 sheets and the top took 3.
    I made the top box first using 2 work lights and streight sides to the box and glued it together with elmers glue. Then realized 2 things... I didnt want to use so many lights and I dont have a place to store the glued together soft boxes.
    the other 2 I made for the sides only use one light each and are tapped together so I can pack them in my closet easier...
    To cover the frunt of the boxes I purchased some fabric at walmart that was sheer and white, the closest thing I could find to match other softboxes Ive used before.
    I finally added acouple wedges of foamcore to the bottoms of the boxes on the sides, so they would stand on a table because I dont have any lightstands to use, then balenced the box on the top.
    I also used an off camera flash strieght forward to fill in, I gelled the flash to more closly match the color temp of the work lights.
    here are acouple pics of the set up...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and the result....
    Ive seen better models... (this is me...) and I think i could have done better focus on someone else (bla bla bla) there is no background light or hair light... for the background I used another larger piece of foamcore sitting on the couch... the first shot is "properly" exposed acording to my hand held meter
    the second is alittle over exposed which I liked better for the effect I will be going for in this project but with a much more attractive female model...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Any questions please ask. Any more ideas pleas let me know...

    for this project I am working on I want the model to be well lit and with the help of makeup and lighting she will (hopefully) look more like a smooth perfect doll face... what we are doing is a project where I do photos, my friend does computer grafics and we are (long story short) making robots, cyborgs etc...
     
  2. rp1600

    rp1600 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    red Xs. no photos.
     
  3. zombiekilla

    zombiekilla TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2006
    Messages:
    363
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I love the idea! Im going to have to try it for sure! and you make a very handsome model if I do say somyself!
     
  4. df3photo

    df3photo TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Erie Pennsylvania
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Why thanks Zombiekilla3k!!
    thats odd...here try these for the pictures...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    hope thats better!
     
  5. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Messages:
    3,019
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA
    Wow he really looks different from behind!!!
     
  6. rp1600

    rp1600 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'd like to see how the actual pictures turned out. Also, what type and size bulb did you use. I was thinking of doing something similar and just was not sure of what type of bulb i'd need.
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,820
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    My worry would be heat...doesn't it get fairy hot?
     
  8. df3photo

    df3photo TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Erie Pennsylvania
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    the bulb i used was a regular 100W household bulb (its what I had at the time) I would say that a photographic 3200 (i think thats right, its been awhile) degree K bulb would be better...
    actually the heat wasnt really a problem... the light is held up by the foamcore compressing its reflector. and there is enough space between the bulb and the fabric and foamcore (for that matter) that noting seemed too hot. Although I only had it on for about a half hour. possibly bigger bulbs would put out more heat and change things.
    Sofar the 2 best pics I have taken with this are above. I will be doing further testing and afew changes befor I get to use it on someone attractive...
    for my changes I think I will cut the table top reflector piece of foamcore so that the model could slide into the lights better. Also I want to angle the top box abit toward the model. Some back and hair lights would also be keen...
     
  9. df3photo

    df3photo TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Erie Pennsylvania
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Trick photography... it will be in my next HOW TO thread...
    Atleast I kept the same hair so you could recognize me...:lol:
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

best led bulb for portrait hair light diy