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clueless about indoor lighting
Old 06-13-2003, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I never shoot indoors but a model wants some indoor "glamour" shots. The only space I have to use is a 12x16 foot empty office with blank white walls and ceiling probably about 9 or 10 feet high, one big fluorescent light tube overhead. Grey carpet. Very blah. It gets afternoon sun through a window and I'll try to work with that but other than that I'm at a loss. I can use on-camera flash but I've always found that effect harsh-- maybe ceiling or reflector bounce would be better? I'm using a D60, so I guess I'll try the white balance too. I'm clueless and I don't want to spend money on studio lighting, any tips on how to achieve a smooth, natural effect would be appreciated. Thanks,
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........a nice, furnished, indoor location, with tungsten interior lamps to work with. Use a tripod, and tell the model to hold still when you shoot, 'cause you are shooting darn slow!

With lamps, that's about 2900 degs. Kelvin, which is about 300 degs. warmer than the tungsten setting on the camera. Should just make things nicely warm. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
 
 
Re: Sheet Dude...it\'s simple!
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Hang a large white sheet on the wall furthest from where your model will be and fire a light into it for your main, or fill depending on what you are looking for. This gives you a realy nice large light source...use your on camera for fill...loose the overhead flourescent and use a tungsten floor lamp for ambient...shouldn't effect your shot that much. Good luck in the race for space..Hugh

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Whooo hoooo! Nice shot. Cool background. Is that a tie-died sheet or homemade muslin? That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

Good day.

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Re: clueless about indoor lighting
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If you have a window then you have all the light you need. Take this shot for example:

The light is the window you see. There is a reflector on the other side of the model. A white piece of cardboard. That's it, pure and simple. There are lots of great shots that can be made with just window light. A tripod may be needed since you want the shoot at the lowest ISO of your camera for the max resolutiion and least noise. Use a macbeth color card or gray card in the first few photos and that will help in getting the color balance perfect once you get to Photoshop.
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Re: clueless about indoor lighting
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Use a window and a reflector .
Works well. That's the lighting I used for this picture.
No flash necessary

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Thanks for the suggestions... I try some of each. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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