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What type of fan to be used?
Old 10-04-2005, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just had an 8-hour photo shoot the other day and in oone of the setups I used a standard home fan held below the model pointing up to get the hair moving. However the hair was not moving well. I just wanted to get the input of what others may use. No wind machines here - haha

These are (7) of the 175 pictures taken.
-The first image is with the fan at high power.
Images from Shoot
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Re: What type of fan to be used?
Old 10-04-2005, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IF you have an assistant, you can generate a lot more wind power by using a small piece of stiff cardboard or, as was used in this image, a piece of foam core. With the assistant waving the board, the model doesn't have wind in her eyes except during the time you're ready for the shot, and she'll thank you for that.

In my studio, though, I use an 18" home fan that develops enough wind to move most hair (unless it's really gunked down).

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What type of fan... a BIG fan...
Old 10-04-2005, 09:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What type of fan... a BIG fan...

Okay, sorry about that... I get carried away sometimes.

Let me tell my thoughts. I tried one of those household box fans you see cheap in the discount houses at about $15. Zip, nada, zero, zilch... would't hardly move the hem of a flimsy skirt when held a foot away.

Saw a post on using an electric leaf blower as a studio fan. The local hardware store had them on sale for $20. Will blow a 135 MPH gale, really kicks up a skirt or hair. BUT... dangerous. If it sucks up something, it's going to shoot it at the model at 135 MPH! Definitely not good. But the really big negative was the N-O-I-S-E, you couldn't hear yourself think when it was on. Wanna buy an electric leaf blower, CHEAP?

So I started looking in the home remodeling stores. Most carry a wire-caged floor fan for about $50 that will move enough air fast enough to do fashiony type stuff. It's maybe 25 inches in diameter and about 10 inches deep. Still noisy, but no where near as bad as the leaf blower. It normally sits on the floor, but you could use it higher (setting it on a table for instance).

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Re: What type of fan... a BIG fan...
Old 10-04-2005, 10:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't sell the leaf blower just yet. You are on the right track with it, just need to plug it in to a router speed control (about $20.00) and then it will do a great job. I just put one together and will post images as soon as Fuji sends my S2 back. It suffered the "black death" on Monday.

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Re: What type of fan to be used?
Old 10-05-2005, 10:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I got this floor fan from Lowes. 3 speed and plenty of wind.

Holmes High Velocity Cvt Fan Patton
Item #: 212402 Model: PX405-U $64.97

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...5-U&lpage=none

Here's Crystal freezing in front of it.


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Re: What type of fan to be used?
Old 10-05-2005, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I totally forgot about Lowe's and the commercial fans that they have. Thanks for the reminder. I may just go there tonight, because I have to get large hooks for my attic to store my light stands.
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That Lowe's fan doesn't look quite like the one I saw. I may have been in Menards. I seem to recall it was entirely wire caged and as I remember it was on sale for $44.95. But I guess as long as it moves the air, that's all that's important.

BTW, it took me a while to figure out CVT probably stands for "convertable". At least that's my best guess...



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Re: What type of fan to be used?
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That's some good advice!
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