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Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
Old 07-07-2005, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Monday I have to shoot 2 models in a hotelroom.
This is my first time in closed quarters.

Any pointers ?
I can take studio strobe heads with me and grids/umbrella's or a softbox.

What to do ?

Just shoot the whole interior with 3-4 flashes on different location, shoot with natural light or use a combination ?

Greetings,
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Re: Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
Old 07-07-2005, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Monday I have to shoot 2 models in a hotelroom.
This is my first time in closed quarters.

Any pointers ?
I can take studio strobe heads with me and grids/umbrella's or a softbox.

What to do ?

Just shoot the whole interior with 3-4 flashes on different location, shoot with natural light or use a combination ?

Greetings,
Frank

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Frank.. good luck.. and have a great time, but I just gotta point out a few things...

1) most hotels get mad if you shoot someone in their rooms. The best thing to do is use a silencer, good water proof tarps, and have a few oversized water proof and tear proof bags with you.

2) dont put the bodies in the tub, or under the matress. They will plug up the tub, and if under the matress they will not be found by the maids, and therefore start to smell. Making the room not useable shortly after you leave.

3) Dont take the quarters. Most hotel beds dont have that magic fingers massager anymore, so carrying rolls of quarters wont be of any use.

Ok, so the humore isnt all that good, but I hope your shoot is.

I just got up and havent had my coffee yet.


Just a little humor from a sleepy and very tired guy in pain.


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Re: that\'s just sick
Old 07-07-2005, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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and funny as hell...

My Tip for shooting in a Hotel room: Don't let your wife catch find out...

seriously, I would try to smuggle your equipment in and as the Nike slogan goes....just do it!

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Re: Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
Old 07-07-2005, 09:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Taking as little extra stuff as possible works well... I have had those luggage carts very full... lights, props, backdrops, even furniture. My advice would be don't try this in a "Microtel"... they are really small. Depending on where your room is located and the time of day... natural lighting can be great.
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Re: Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
Old 07-07-2005, 09:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Many hotel rooms here in the states have very low ceilings. Remember that you can bounce your flash off the ceiling or walls and get a more natural look. The style of the furniture can lead to a story, or a mood that you are trying to set. For instance dull and dark looking furniture, try using only light coming in from the window and have your model by the window looking out in despair or loneliness. Remember the room sets the tone.

Good luck and remember to have fun.
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Re: Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
Old 07-07-2005, 09:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Frank,

I've managed a couple of successful shoots in hotel rooms, and here's my take...

First of all, look around the room to see if there's anything there that will hurt you or the models. In Austin, last time I was there, we discovered a broken crack pipe on the floor between the bed and the nightstand. Woulda hurt if she had stepped down right where she was stepping at the time! In another hotel in South Texas, a frayed lamp wire was definitely a problem.

I got by just fine with one 800ws monolight, either bounced onto the ceiling (which, like Mike said, are usually 8' high) or through the 30x40 softbox. Mixing the softbox with daylight coming in through the patio doors works well, as does mixing the electronic flash with the tungsten/flourescent substitute tubes in the house lighting.

I have a carry-on pack that consists of two 800ws monolights, umbrellas, stands, and the softbox. That's about all I could see you needing, and like I said I very rarely ever use the second light.

Here are a couple of examples Jen and I did when I had a conference to do in Austin and Jen came up from San Antonio...



This shot mixes daylight and electronic flash, while the following shot mixes the room lighting and electronic flash.



Never had a problem with hotel staff or other guests, even out on common balconies. Just use your head and try not to upset anyone, and no one will probably be the wiser!

Have a good trip!
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My advice..
Old 07-07-2005, 11:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Check out this site fr ideas on what you can do in a (sometimes staged) hotel room with little lighting equipment and long shutter speeds.
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Re: Tips for shooting in a hotelroom ?
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Hotel rooms don't always have great colors on the walls and the decor isn't always the best. All the comments about the lighting to bring are valid. I typically have 2 300ws monolights that I bring with softboxes and I also use natural light when possible. A reflector is a good idea too.

Here is one I did in a hotel bathroom. I was in the tub against the wall, a friend of hers was on the toilet with a reflector, and I was bouncing a strobe into the mirrors outside the bathroom to light the scene.

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Re: My advice..
Old 07-07-2005, 01:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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cool, think I will have some ideas now
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Re: My advice..
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I usually do all my shooting in hotels or rented apartments. Outdoor has a tendency to disagree with me (weather, spectators, etc). Shooting in a hotel room usually mean shooting the model in bed, bathroom or at the window. Any more options and you have a suite, not a hotelroom [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] If you are lucky and get one with some nice windows you can get really nice results.

I just shot this in a small hotelroom about a month ago with a large window and a 550EX bounced of the ceiling.

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