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I found some new lights. :)
Old 01-14-2009, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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While cleaning my camera room I ran across 3 of those little "light bulb" type slave units, two made by Popular and one by Morris. I guess they are over 20 years old.

I am setting up a new high key background, and was thinking of getting additional lights. As it turns out, I shot a couple of tests, and those little critters put out enough to light the background properly.

These little units sell for about $35 nowadays, but I would have never thought of buying them for this purpose. I would have gone with some small monolights at about $200 each. Can't wait to see what else I find?
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Hey Ben -

A few years ago I started digging through all my old "film" photography equipment and found a small handful of old speedlights. They were perfectly good, so I outfitted them with cheap optical sensors (about $15 each) and use them as accent lights (place them under a lamp shade for the look of ambient room light, cover one with a colored gel and place one behind a book to add a splash of color on a wall, etc) I find that they're very useful when I need just a touch of light.

Only problem with finding all those "free" lights ... how do I convenice my wife that I still need more strobes! LOL
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................ so I outfitted them with cheap optical sensors (about $15 each) and use them as accent lights (place them under a lamp shade for the look of ambient room light, cover one with a colored gel and place one behind a book to add a splash of color on a wall, etc) I find that they're very useful when I need just a touch of light.
That is what I was going to do with these. I remember years ago a photographer showing some glamour photography using them as you have mentioned. However, I was amazed at the amount of output, so I decided use them as mentioned in my post. As you know, here is no way to adjust the output except placing something over it. All of these had the photoslave built in, already.

Since I am of Royal Scottish blood,
I am always looking for a way to not spend money.
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I always carry some "spun" with me ... just wrap it around the light once or twice to drop the light output. If you're a cheap Scotsman, you can lower the light output by wrapping those babies in cheap wax paper or medical gauze.
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While cleaning my camera room I ran across 3 of those little "light bulb" type slave units, two made by Popular and one by Morris. I guess they are over 20 years old.

I am setting up a new high key background, and was thinking of getting additional lights. As it turns out, I shot a couple of tests, and those little critters put out enough to light the background properly.
I have used them for background lights and hair light.
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