... to hot lights. I have, as a starving artist with $20k yearly medical bills for the last few years, made a virtue of necessity and shot everything with an ad hoc
mix of halogen fixtures, tungsten hot lights and home-made reflectors and diffusers. I'm pretty proud of what I could accomplish with what I had, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn about light the hard way, but I've just been handed a complete set of studio lights, and I have to say, I'm NEVER going back!
If nothing else, it's just easier
to get the same effect from strobes than hot lights. Plus, I can get the same effect at iso 100, rather than 400 or 800... Then there's the fact that you can actually mount an honest-to-goodness softbox to a strobe, which is, shall we say, a dicy proposition with 1000 watt halogen lights.
And grids! I can use grids without having to weld them up out of steel so they don't burst into flame! (I've got a LOT of heat- and fire-centric stories...)
Don't get me wrong; light, in a certain sense, is light, and you can get some great shots out of the proverbial Home-Depot lighting setup; everything I've shot is testament to that. But CONTROL is the difference between good and great, and I'm determined to get to great. This is the third picture I took with my new lights; the original is an advertising handout printed at 4x6, with film grain effects added. I now need to start concentrating on post processing for web-sizing AND print, since I can't seem to manage both on the same photo; there are killer highlights on her gloves in print...
Thanks to the incomparable Electric Babydoll
for a ridiculous amount of patience as I sorted out the lights...