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Location lighting set up, help please
Old 02-23-2005, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for some advice on location shooting? I have two strobes/umbrellas, camera is Canon 20D. Female models, no experience. Location will be a house with pretty bland walls also might be able to shoot at hooters before they open. Please advise, I usually shoot with a studio set up and I'm dying to do something new. Also, I need to keep it fairly simple because very limited time for set up.

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Re: Location lighting set up, help please
Old 02-23-2005, 10:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just use one reflector and a window for your main light. You can get wonderful results just with that. Here is an example:



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Old 02-23-2005, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a great idea. I've tried it in the past but need to work on my camera settings a little more.

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Old 02-23-2005, 11:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you're using digital, then make use of the histogram and a black/gray/white card which will help you get accurate exposure information that is sometimes tricky in window light shots. You have to get the reflector just right to get the proper fill.
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Re: Location lighting set up, help please
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Natural/available light can be great. Highly underrated. And easily controlled with bounceboard etc. and most of all through exposure, simply enough.

If you need strobe, try using a single umbrella either bounced (the normal way) or shoot-through if you've got a while umbrella with no black backing, or with backing that is removeable. That simulates a "poor man's softbox" but is very easy to set-up with very minimal time and no assistants really required.

Also, mixing natural light (ie windows) and flash can work wonders.

Most of all, you do NOT want to be weighed down with your lighting considerations. You want the shoot to flow as naturally as possible. Nothing is worse than paying more attention to your equipment than to your models and surroundings and failing to see images that are just begging to be made.
 
 
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Another great idea that I've recently used is the 3-D Reflectors from Calument. Here is a link:

http://tinyurl.com/6j2cs

If the link doesn't work, then just type "3d reflector" in their search box at the top of their home page ( http://www.calumetphoto.com ) and it will take you to the page. One great way to use it is to place the model in front of the window and one of the large 3d reflectors in front of her and then you shoot through the center of the reflector. It gives all sorts of great lighting possibilities.

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Re: Location lighting set up, help please
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I bought a couple of the 3D reflectors from Calumet a year ago and haven't had the chance to use them yet. One is really large (gold) and the other (white) is a medium size. I'll have to make time to try them. I've even thought of poking a bare bulb strobe through the center and creating a really large beauty dish out of it.



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I'm about to put some money into location lighting and saw your post from a couple years back about the Calumet 3D reflectors. Have you had any success with them?

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I've used them a few times but haven't been really impressed with them. I tried using the big gold one as a giant beauty dish and it was okay. I find that the 3D style is difficult to focus the light in a controlled manner, but it does boune a ton of light because of its size. The white one is a little easier to use, again because of size. I think my best purchases for location work have been a pair of JTL Moblelight 300' and a 5'x7' translucent scrim (and my 1200W generator from Pepboys for $110)... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Thanks man, I appreciate the feedback.

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