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Old 10-28-2005, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I plan on renting a Bowens kit with 2 540 w/s monolights. I have a basement with an 8' high ceiling to set this equipment up in. will i be able to get some good contrast and be able to take good close to pro-level type portraits
with this type of power?

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Old 10-28-2005, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's plenty of power. You just need to set them up properly.

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Old 10-29-2005, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Let me offer a word of caution about shooting in confined spaces, and yes, an 8 foot ceiling is a confined space.

The strobes will kick a lot of light out and that light will bounce around a lot. Most studios have high ceilings and somewhat distant white walls to minimize light from bouncing back.

It's not so much that the light bouncing back hurts the exposure, it's that it may pick up color casts from whatever it bounces off. Say you have a red ceiling, you can expect to see some pinkish cast to your images in a confined space.

So the question is really can you control the color situation. If the ceiling is pretty close to white, you may not have a problem other than watching for unwanted reflections. It can actually help by providing additional fill in light.

The same holds true for the walls and floors by the way.



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Old 10-29-2005, 11:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For a small studio, that is probably a lot more light than you really need. When I'm shooting in a small area (10' x 20' with 8' ceiling), I use a old Novatron Pack (440ws) and 4 heads. This is the type of pack where you distribute the power between the heads. So I could have 4 110 ws heads, or variations by stopping one or more of the heads down. Normally with just that one pack, I'm shooting at f8 or f11 so as you can see with less than half the power that you're talking about, I have all the light I need. I'd rather have 4 lights and half the power than 2 lights and double the power.
If I'm shooting high key, I put two lights on the background and 1 light as the main and one as fill. I use a softbox for the main, and a smaller softbox for the fill. I can then play with the ratios by moving the boxes closer or further or adjusting the stops of each head.



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Thanks all for your responses. You guys are really knowledgeable and gave me a lot to consider if problems do occur during my shoot. When I receive the equipment I will play around with the ratios to achieve the kind of effect I'm looking for. I should then be able to determine what kind of power I'll need when I decide to buy some equipment of my own.

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