I recently picked up an old stage light from an antique store here in Nashville. (Sorry Larry and Shannon) It's got an 8" lens on it and barn doors, but came with about a 1000 watt(my guess) bulb with a 20 amp 120v plug on it. I modified an old Sylvania Sun Gun to replace the existing socket and wiring. The SunGun came with a 600 watt bulb, but that didn't last long.It wasn't very durable and broke the first time I tried focusing it, but it was extremely bright. I replaced it with a 150 watt halogen from Lowes and it seems to work pretty good.
Here's probably the best from my first time shooting with it.......
I realize it should be at a higher angle, but since this thing is so heavy and I can't mount it on a stand yet, I just layed it on a box.
My first question is....If you look at her chin the shadow actually has many edges to it. I was holding up a small box to create the shadow. Is this created by the ridges on the fresnel lens? If so, will they dimnish if the light is farter away from the subject? In this case the light was only about 5 feet away. When using Gobos are they normally close to the subject?
Second question (or third [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img])... I know many of you have modified yours to use strobes, but for those who use Hot lights, What size bulbs are you using? When she first looked at the 150w she was having trouble squinting, I know the 650w will give me a faster shutter speed but it may be real uncomfortable for the model. I am going to put a dimmer in the circuit to cut that down some and maybe increase the life of the bulb. By the way, my studio space is only 9x12.