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40\'s style glamour lighting advice needed, please!
Old 12-09-2004, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello friends:

I need advice, please. I am setting up a small studio at home, to do specificaly 1940's Hurrell style glamour lighting portraits. I am at a loss as to what types of lights to buy, and I am on a very, very small budget at first. -Under $400. I can hang a black muslin background from the ceiling, so won't need background stands at first.

I know I'd like tungsten or incandescent lights with barndoors to replicate the look, but how many watts?, can I get by with 2 lights to start?, etc. It is hard to find any good practical info on this lighting style..... any help would be appreciated!

some photos from my recent Scotland project are at

http://homepage.mac.com/viswan/PhotoAlbum1.html

to illustrate the environmental portraiture and landscapes I have done.

Thanks in Advance,

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Old 12-09-2004, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check out early books of peter gowland - he gives lighting diagrams

rember hurell used B&W and strched the film respomse like ansel adams

unless you are using 8x10 you won't need the same power of lighting

start from the film you plan to use
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Ah, another student of the Art.
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If you want to see how one of the Masters achieved his particular lighting style, hie you forth, Grasshopper, and acquire a copy of this book:


Bernard of Hollywood: Pin-ups

There are dozens of glamour and pin-up shots by the incomparable Bernard of Hollywood, complete with layout and lighting diagrams and brief discussions of each shot. A must-have for those with an interest in this genre. You could also get the BIG Taschen biography/retrospective (see my review in the review forum,) but it's not as good a technical reference.

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Re: 40\'s style glamour lighting advice needed, please!
Old 12-10-2004, 12:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok,
I had the luck of watching Hurrell in action before he died.
Most of the light set up was simple and easy.
You may want to invest in some used equipment. Strobes.
Buy your barn-doors and snoots and stands. You can build on
your equipment slowly each month.
Start with a power pak that can handle four heads.
Then build from there. You don't have to have alot of power at first.
The trick is your light modifiers. You will need various size reflectors.
Why not expand your budget to $1000.00, it would be easier to wait a
few more months.
If you can save $400.00. then you can save up to a $1000.00.

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SAME BOOK cheaper price
 
 
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Hi: I am enjoying the answers, and learning useful info. Keep em' coming, please, especially specific equipment, such as Novatron...

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