Help me flag on a tight budget....
Posted 02 February 2006 - 10:12 AM
Thanks. Hoping to hear great advice as usual.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 10:25 AM
The cheapest and easiest way to narrow the beam spread is to use blackwrap on the unit, only be careful to allow a little breathing room so they don't overheat and blow the bulb. If you put gels or diffusion too close to any light, it will burn up and melt. Diffusion should be put on frames away from the face of the light. If you put it right on the barn doors it isn't really softening as much as it is just cutting the amount of light. The further away you can get it from the source, the softer the light will become.
One effective way to turn those worklights into something useful is to bounce them into bead board and let the bounced light pass through diffusion, this practice is commonly called a "booklight". It's useful for creating soft light in close courters where the units are fairly close to the subjects. The other way, if you can get the lights far away enough is to aim them directly at the subjects and sets but make sure you have 6x6 or 4x4 frames of heavy diffusion. 216 or greater at least a few feet away from the light.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 07:33 PM
Posted 02 February 2006 - 08:35 PM
That was my first idea, but since the AD isn't interested in helping me out I guess I'll try to source it on my own. It's very difficult to find here. I've been using all sorts of alternatives to little effect.
I usually bounce the lights on an illustration board or a styrofoam reflector. What is a bead board and how will it be different?
bounce them into bead board
Thanks for the tips.
Posted 03 February 2006 - 03:50 PM
What is a bead board and how will it be different?
Beadboard is the same thing as styro board.
Posted 04 February 2006 - 11:19 AM
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