Lighting Skill for shooting

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  1. Lincostudio

    Lincostudio TPF Noob!

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    DAYLIGHT WINDOW LIGHT ANYTIME WITHOUT A WINDOW
    Here is a simple light setup which will offer you lots of versatility. You will go back to it time and time again as I do because it is so flexible and quick to setup. Easily setup a photo shoot for a model, a product, a catalog or a headshot in about 5 minutes or less.

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    The main idea is to mimic some of the character of a bright daylight window. I placed a 4 bulb Britek Model# PE9110 just off to my right and facing the model. Between that I like to use a scrim, this produces a shadow that has a softer more gradual transition. You can use this setup with or without the scrim, it is entirely dictated by what your particular needs are for your project. Keep in mind you will lose about 1 stop of light when using the scrim but the Britek produces plenty of light and is even adjustable from 1 to 4 bulbs of light by flipping the toggle switches on the back of the unit. Adjusting the number of bulbs being powered changes the amount of light output or brightness.
    On the tripod I have a Canon 5D and 70-200mm f/2.8 with a remote release to minimize any camera shake. I use a hand held light meter to figure out the camera exposure settings. Most of the new makes of cameras do a very good job of metering from within the camera itself. You can easily use this instead of a hand held light meter like mine. Consult your camera manual for details on using your in-camera meter. If you are shooting with a digital camera you could just make your adjustments based on the LCD preview too. Again this is what makes using and shooting with constant lights so easy.

    [​IMG]Be sure to experiment with your setup, nothing is set in stone with the Britek constant cool lights, move them around, change the angle, move them closer, pull them backĀ… what you see is what you get. The idea behind this particular light setup is to give you a base, start with one light and add more as you need them.
    Model: Nikka
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  2. BuZzZeRkEr

    BuZzZeRkEr TPF Noob!

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    Judging from reading your 2 posts it sounds to me like you work for Britek...

    I feel that Westcott Spiderlite TD5's do a great job for my cold lighting needs.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My understanding is that cool lights may work great for product/still life types of shots, however they are far less effective with subjects that have a tendancy to move given the fact they won't freeze the action, only illuminate the scene.
     
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    templatephotoshop TPF Noob!

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    We use the westcott ones too. They work great for adults one or two subjects tops because of the low depth of field. I love using them for sleeping newborn babies.
     
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    william Duke TPF Noob!

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    Nice soft light. I like how you keep the diffusion material close to the subject. The double diffusion probably reduces efficiency but you could probably shoot shiny glass or chrome with such a consistent source.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ummm.... isn't that called a softbox?

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  7. BuZzZeRkEr

    BuZzZeRkEr TPF Noob!

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    Christie Photo,
    This is just add space posted by Britek.....just read the only other post the person has. I guess these guys are so cheap they don't want to actually pay TPF for add space...they just rather put it in a post...good idea though...because it seems like they can get away with it.
     

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