Lighting a BIGGGGGGG space (How to)

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thought this might be of interest to some... there have been a lot of posts about lighting BIG spaces, but I don't recall anyone actually showing their setup (Thanks to Derrel for the consult on this!). I was asked to shoot a Cadet parade in a local Armoury; the interior space was about 220'x80' with a ceiling about 40' high at the peak.
    My lights were 5 Speedotron Brownline M11 heads running off of 1600w/s power packs so that each light was pumping out 800 w/s. The lights were clamped to balcony supports about 18' above the floor and aimed up to bounce (more or less) off the ceiling:
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    The lights were held in place with magic clamps, and the cord was passed twice through a turn-buckle as a safety measure in case the clamp let go; had the turn-buckle not been there I would have added para-cord safety lines.
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    This balcony area was open to the public, and while it wasn't expected to be used much, if at all, I didn't want to take any chances. Here you can see my cables ball-bungeed to the railing, the power cord is gaf-taped down, and the power supply has a safety cord (it's too tall to fit under the railing):
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    Ball bungees keeping the extension cord secure and out of the way:
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    As an added precaution, the handles on the magic clamps were also gaf-taped to prevent idle twiddling:
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    Here's a partial view of the space; you can see the hot spot from the light, but as I wasn't shooting on the balcony, I wasn't concerned; the idea was to get an even, flat light on the floor to produce the best overall photos:
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    The goal was to get sufficient light to allow me to shoot sync speed (1/250) at f5.6 <ISO 800. The general results looked something like this:
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    Not bad for a space lit with metal-halide arc lights and a few gable windows. Base exposure without flash was ISO 1600, 1/25, f2.8.


     
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    Errrrrr ya' go!
     
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    Good job.

    I like the ball bungees. I gotta get me some of them.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks! It worked out well. Yeah, ball-bungees are realllllllly handy! People wonder why I tote this huge tool box full of grip gear... jobs like this are why.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks again!
     
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    VERY nice.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your setup. Always interesting to see how you make lemonade out of lemons.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks! :)

    Thanks! It wasn't actually all that difficult, but it relies on having more gear than the average bear....
     
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    Ambitious! I hope you had some help setting up.

    I've got a lot of the same gear, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done all that work. You get a HUGE atta boy! Very nice.

    -Pete
     
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    Thanks Pete! Nope, just little old me, but that's my preference. I work best alone, and that way if something is f'd up, I can only blame me. The cadets is a fantastic organization, and I figure it won't kill me to give them a hand.
     

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