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#1 Dileep Madhu

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:59 AM

hi everyone,
i am in an tight budget and can't really afford studio lights. I am hoping that i will be able to produce more or less same lighting effects with much cheaper light sources. Which light sources should i buy? i would appreciate some help on this topic. (creative lighting techniques using halogen, tungsten lights etc are also appreciated)
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:08 AM

Why not Rent? For the price of renting a full kit of lights you could buy perhaps 2 heads...
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#3 Dileep Madhu

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:26 AM

thanks but do you think we can replicate the three point studio lighting structure with common or much cheaper light sources to good effect?
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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:42 AM

Open face lamps (up to a certain wattage) can be reasonably imitated by security/work type fixtures available easily and cheaply at places like Home Depot (in the US) or B&Q (in the UK). If you are putting the light through diffusion, it really doesn't matter too much if it's coming from a $20 work lamp or a $300 movie light

Fluorescent lamps are pretty easy to improvise, as long as you use a High Frequency ballast, and high CRI tubes

Other than that, for any lamp with a lens, like a Fresnel, a Profile spot, a Source 4 or a narrow PAR, you are going to have to use the real thing.
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#5 verlon allen

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 01:51 AM

China lanterns are cheep, and can be controlled to some extent with the aid of a blackwrap. Too, you can pick up some scoop style work lights for a harder light.. I would find units that have porcelain sockets and are rated for up to 660 watts, then you could outfit them with 500 watt photoflood bulbs (tungsten or daylight balanced)....Again I would suggest you have some blackwrap on hand to shape the light.

Think about mirrors too. You can pick up small 1x1 tiles or larger mirrors to steal a little of that free sunlight. If you do decide on mirrors, I would suggest you gaff tape the edges as they can become very expensive once you include the cost of stitches.

Good luck
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ps the down side to using mirrors is that you are always chasing the light as the sun goes about it's business.

Edited by verlon allen, 05 November 2010 - 01:53 AM.

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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:37 AM

Other than that, for any lamp with a lens, like a Fresnel, a Profile spot, a Source 4 or a narrow PAR, you are going to have to use the real thing.




Absolutely.


Of course, you can just go and buy a parcan from a theatrical lighting supplier, and put any PAR unit you want in it.


Also there are far cheaper things than source 4s that do more or less the same thing.


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#7 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:26 AM

Lots of lights you can use, I've just been doing some clearing out at my mother's house and we found my first lights - B&Q work lights would be really up market compared to these.
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