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Old 08-25-2004, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone!

Recently, I started doing webcams shows & shooting videos. The regular light & video hot light I'm using isn't good enough. The picture is coming out way too dark. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] What type of lights would you recommend I use for web cam shows (in my house), and shooting videos (in my house, and on location)? Any recommendations would be gladly appreciated. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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That shot is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Lights for web cams & shooting videos!
Old 08-25-2004, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello Ebony,

What type of video camera are you using? I have used a Sony VX-2000 for wedding videography and get very acceptable images from a 20watt video light in a dark room. How powerful is the light you are using now? Are you sure you have the camera set correctly? It could be that it is just underexposing with the available light.

As far as what light to use, you should be able to use pretty much any type of lighting fixture. Just remember that the more powerful the light you use the hotter it is going to be. I don't think you need 500watts if you have a decent video camera. 200watts maximum should be fine.

Are you diffusing the light in any way?
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Re: Lights for web cams & shooting videos!
Old 08-25-2004, 09:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. I have a Sony Mini DV digital Camcorder DCR-TRV27. I am using one of those tall skinny strobe lights. LOL! The video light is DC 7.2 - 3W ... Now, by reading what you wrote, I'm assuming the watts is way too low. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] I'll go with what you suggested. I had this camcorder for years, however I just started using it. Thanks for your help. Have a great week. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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I look forward to our shoot on Friday. See ya soon [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: Lights for web cams & shooting videos!
Old 09-02-2004, 05:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if producing heat is a consideration, and i'll be it is for webcam shows,i'd go with kinoflos (flourescent, color-balanced, quiet ballasts)...... but then, since it's for the web and resolution and frame rate is going to be low and slow anyway, i'd just use whatever lights are available (practicals) and white balance. for every type of light source generally used in still photography, there's ten times as many in use for video and filmmaking...
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have setup a few webcams for some people and the one thing that most people do wrong is pointing the webcam at a window with light coming in or right at a light on a nite table. When you do this the webcam trys to darken the video because it is looking at a bright light. Bounce the light off the ceiling. Go to Home depot and buy one or two of those light reflectors and then buy some special light bulds for it. I think they are called photo flood ( ECA ) 250 watts. And make sure you have a good webcam..Not one of those $50 JOBS. The best cams now are the the ones you can plug right into your router after you give it an ip address.

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