Using the flash for lighting without camera

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  1. akazoly

    akazoly TPF Noob!

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    Is possible to use a flash without camera for continuous lighting ?
    I have some old flashes and I need a good light, something around 5000-6000K.

    Is possible to remove the bulb from flash and use at some voltage ? like a normal bulb ?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    Best bet are home depot halogen lights. They're hot, and you can use gels to get them to the color temperature you want.
     
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    Tiberius47 TPF Noob!

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    You want to use a camera flash as a torch?

    Flashes aren't designed to be on constantly. They overheat and can explode.
     
  4. akazoly

    akazoly TPF Noob!

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    What is the gell ?

    BTW, when I use a different color temperature (for example: 6500, 7000, 8000) and shooting with RAW is possible to set the white balance as 5000K bulb ?
     
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    A gel is a colored sheet that you put between the light source and your subject for color effects or compensations.

    eg. You're shooting indoors with tungsten film and a flash on top of your camera, you gel the flash to tungsten to match the lighting and so you keep the color consistent.
    With the RAW thing, Yes, after the fact.
     
  6. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No you cannot. A flash was designed to flash for VERy short durations.

    If you need a flashlight, go to a hardware store and pickup a $4 flashlight. If you want continuous... wel, my thoughts about using continuous light for photographic purposes is pretty well known. I am against it. If you need to find out why I am against it, just do a search here. :)
     
  7. Big Mike

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

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    No. What you are looking for is a lamp.
     

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