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Old 11-12-2004, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everyone, i'm new to all this so don't beat me up too bad, but i've been using some regular old $8 utility lights with 100w bulbs for lighting, i play around with the angles and i made myself a basic aluminum foil reflector-but it's not giving me much to work with. sometimes i will get decent lighting but it's all guesswork and hard to duplicate. i have a cheap digital cam too that has a few diferent settings and a basic flash but not much else. anyone have any idea what i could do differently for under $100 that would make a big difference? (i also do most of my shooting at night so natural light isn't an option)
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Old 11-13-2004, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Why don't you show us some of what you achieved so far and maybe some of the real good guys here (not me.. ;o( ) can offer some advice...

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Old 11-13-2004, 02:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Or with nothing, you can use a window.. like I did for this shot.. window light only..

(or) Pick up some foam-core panels and reflect the sun back at the model.. and get some great results.....or pick up three Vivitar 285 flashes...and buy a pair of peanut slaves..and sync cords...for less than 500 bucks, you can have a nice set up..

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Old 11-13-2004, 07:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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For less then $100 as your post stated, what I would do is get an umbrella and holder, you also need more power. Check out some of the quartz lights at your local home improvement center. 500 watts for not much money. Use caution, these things get very hot!. Also as was already suggested get some big sheets of foam core for a reflector.
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Old 11-13-2004, 08:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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On a budget of $100 you are limited. Since you say you shoot mostly at night, that gets rid of window light and the sun. So essentially you are going to be shooting shots a slower shutter speeds. So you need a tripod for your camera. Since it is a cheap digital, that probablymeans low mega-pixels, so be sure to shoot at your camera's lowest ISO. You can use the CFL bulbs and a clamp light with reflector. Get these at the hardware store (about $15 for a bulb and clamp set). Watch for sales on white foam core (I get mine for about $1 for a 3x4' panel) for reflectors.
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thanks everyone! this looks like a great forum!

the cam is a finepix 3 mp and i do have a tripod, so sometimes i get decent shots. i also take a lot of the pictures by myself, which is a horrible way to do it but i guess you work with what you've got. the following two were shot by a friend, to give you a better idea of my $8 lights at their best!

 
 
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Anyone who has seem some of my recent work knows that I use the home depot utility lights...500 watts/head. I use 1000 watts total...Here is an example of those lights in action...lights are about 20.00 a head..Compliments of the lovely Ashley
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I've greatly admired your work with the Home Depot Lighting, not only the excellent results you get but also the beautiful models. A few questions, Do you point the lights directly at the model or do you bounce it off of something, is any daylight creeping in through windows, how are you lighting the background and are you using auto white balance. Thanks for any further info and keep posting, love your work.
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Hi Ken,

Thanks for the wonderfull compliments. I appreciate it greatly. I have been shooting for about 6mths now...since may of this year. Here are a couple answers. I use a special screen to diffuse the lights. I also use a reflector...as you can see in her eyes because of the dual catchlights. I usually shoot auto WB..although I am going to play with a custom WB here soon. I usually shoot them at night...although..you can use them during the day with no probs..no lights for the background...all frontal lighting. This particual shot..no..no light comming from behind.

Thanks again for the compliments...

Chow
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Michael
Thanks for the quick reply. I only have one more question and than I'll just wait for your next delectable post. What kind of special screen are you using?
Thanks again
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