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Ace Hardware clamp light, which watt bulb?
Old 11-05-2004, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yayyyyyy. I'm taking some digital shots of a friend this coming week. When I've shot her before, we've used just the 50w single bulb that's in a wall fixture. The shots came out good, but about 1 out of four came out blurry. I'm thinking I need more light for the camera, it's a Canon A40 2meg. I'm going to buy a couple of clamp lights (cheap way out) and some GE Reveal bulbs. These photographs will be taken in her bedroom and living room. My question is what wattage bulbs should I buy, the lights are 150w max.
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Re: Ace Hardware clamp light, which watt bulb?
Old 11-05-2004, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm afraid you're going to find that 300 watts (150 x 2) isn't much to shoot by. But it sounds like more than you've used!

If you have a few dollars, I'd buy four of the clamp lights and get yourself up to 600 watts.

By the way -- if you're buying clamp lights here's a secret. Buy the real cheap ones with the socket that unscrews. Buy a can of spray on heat resistant coating -- it's with the spray paint. Use an off-white. When you get home, unscrew the reflectors and spray on an even coat of the heat resistant stuff. This will tone down the harsh light from the metal reflectors -- and if you're shooting color the off white will warm up the light just a bit.

Have fun!

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Re: Ace Hardware clamp light, which watt bulb?
Old 11-06-2004, 07:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with all that. But I would like to add one more thing. Get yourself a work lite and bounce the light off the ceiling. get a 500 watt lite..That will work wonders.. But you will still need the other lites to stop the under eye shadows..

Mike
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Re: Ace Hardware clamp light, which watt bulb?
Old 11-08-2004, 01:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are going to use the clamp on lights may I suggest that you get the ones with the ceramic base which will stand up to the heat better than plastic. TV
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