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#1 Jeff Kolada

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:04 PM

Shooting a low-budget short in a very tight interior location, looking for some nice soft light. Unfortunately I don't have access to florescent lights, and need some power because i'm shooting HDV with a letus (about ISO100).
What are thoughts on bouncing materials?
The main issues are:
Heat: 1k open face tungsten lights get hot, and when you put them close to just about anything they're likely to smoke/burn.
Even: The light needs to come off without being too localized.
Intensity: I also need to get as much light off these bounces as possible.

My other thought is chinese lanterns. Anyone have experience with these and using some higher-wattage bulbs in them?
Thoughts?
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#2 Freya Black

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:49 PM

Heat: 1k open face tungsten lights get hot, and when you put them close to just about anything they're likely to smoke/burn.


If there is a white wall/ceiling you could bounce the light off that, or you could get a hold of a large piece of foamcore or a big white sheet. You don't want these near the lights anyway as you want to make the lightsource be sort of bigger as it bounces.
Not sure how much light you will lose doing this but it will be softer. Baking paper can be hung closer to lights to try and diffuse them.

You could get hold of a high wattage daylight compact flo and put it in a chinese lantern. Obviously this won't match the colour of your tungsten lights tho so its one or t'other. You could bring the chinese lantern in closer that way tho. You can get compact flos that are about 400w lightbulb equiv, you could always have a couple of them.
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#3 inder mann

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 02:08 PM

china balls dont produce very much heat

you can put 50-500w bulbs

get different sizes also and make sure you have proper inputs for the bulbs
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