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Using hot lights

December 11th, 2009 — 11:54pm

On Sunday I worked on some fitness images with  Eric.  Because my garage studio is not climatized I went to Home Depot and bought 3 $10 500W halogen lights to keep the model warm. Then I decided to use them for the shoot, so I rigged them to light stands. This image is done with those three hot lights only.  The Home Depot lights are really something. First of all, they get super hot, so don’t think of putting them close to anything flamable, like foam core boards, reflectors, or seamless paper. I didn’t use the metal mask in front of the glass, I was lazy, but it’s a good idea to keep the glass from getting close to stuff in the studio. I did most of the work on a tripod, as I was getting f/60 at 1/4 or so, instead of the 1/250 and f/8 or f/11 I am used to working with - so it’s a challenge to be messing with the tripod in the studio. And finally, as I said above, there is no way to adjust them out of the box. I used them raw, both as rim lights and also the one in front of them - they project a pretty wide beam and act as 7-in or 11-inch photo head reflectors - you gotta know how to deal with harsh light.

Eric

Eric

Lighting diagram

Lighting diagram

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Musicians by candlelight

December 1st, 2009 — 10:14pm

My eight-year-old has been learning to play violin for a couple of weeks now, so it was time to make a portrait of him as a violinist. Both he and my daughter have also been playing piano for about a year, so I asked her to play the piano, so that we’d have a violin sonata setup. I wanted to create a low key mood, reminiscing of the old times when players would perform by candlelight.

The kids were not very cooperative, as my intentions were competing with Club Penguin (an online world) for my son and her story time (my job) for my girl. So I had to do this pretty quickly. Lighting is explained for each image below. It’s an experiment on light with no other purpose that just fun.

Image 1. A single SB800 flash with a 10 degree grid to my daughter’s right, to produce a very dramatic Rembrandt pattern on her face.

My daughter at the piano

My daughter at the piano

Image 2. This is my favorite, as I am trying to create more planes of interest, and in this case I wanted the foreground to be out of focus, with the focal point in the background. I used two SB800 flashes, the one with the 10 degree grid on my daughter, as above, and a second one with a 20 degree grid behind her and pointing at my son.

Violin sonata

Violin sonata

Image 3. The least dramatic image, I used the 20 degree grid in front of him and nothing else.

The violinist

The violinist

Here is the lighting diagram for the image with the two musicians:

Lighting diagram

Lighting diagram

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