Home-Made Studio Lights

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  1. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    Okay so here's my idea for home-made studio lights. This is for constant light, not a strobe setup. Given that constant photo lights are just halogen lamps on tripods with umbrellas, I figure why pay $150+ per light when you can rig one up yourself?

    Here's the plan.

    1 500w Halogen Worklight. $20.00
    http://www.absolutehome.com/web/cat...481&srccode=cii_14110944&cpncode=09-9344707-2
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    1 33" White Impact Umbrella. $10.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...&kw=IMU33T&is=REG&Q=&O=productlist&sku=362385
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    1 Umbrella Bracket. $13.95
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&kw=SPB&is=REG&Q=&O=productlist&sku=50067
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    OR

    1 Adjustable light stand, with holder and umbrella. $40.00
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7607491687&rd=1&sspagename=STRK:MEWA:IT&rd=1
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    1 500w Halogen Bulb from B&H. $10.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...ls&Q=&sku=74687&is=REG&addedTroughType=search
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  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've been using plain jane 12 dollar home depot work lights which are rated at 300W. They work fine with digital (color correction in PS) or B&W negative.
     
  3. Big Mike

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

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    I've been thinking of trying something with Halogen work lights. Those work lights get very hot, that would be main concern.
     
  4. Rob

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    I gotta agree with Mike - I'd be concerned about a work light burning the umbrella. Don't forget theatre gels btw for colour effects - they can really help out with Halogen. Also, work lights need to be on for 5 or 10 mins before the colour temperature settles.

    IMO, don't go for anything florescent as it's tough to adjust the WB.

    Rob
     
  5. Alpha

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    But most of the studio lights I see (non-strobe) are halogen as well. They do, indeed get very hot, but they don't burn or melt umbrellas. Tungsten's just as bad, if not worse.
     
  6. Big Mike

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

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    All I know is that I have one of those work lights in my garage, and I've used them while painting new houses...and they get extremely hot.
     
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    Agreed. Great for painting, not so great for safety or creature comforts.

    Pete
     

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