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Sweet Sixteen   Featured in Digital Darkroom #023
 
 
Cynthia A. Gunderson

member since: 11/17/2004
    Very sweet picture! So perfect! What do you mean by halogen worklight studio?
Cindy

1/21/2005 3:17:05 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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member since: 2/20/2002
 

Beautiful image & lighting Carolyn!

1/21/2005 6:53:04 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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member since: 8/6/2003
 

Thanks, Kip and Cindy. Cindy, I use cheap-o halogen worklights that you can buy at Home Depot for my lights. You just have to be sure to set a custom WB for your photos.
Cari

1/28/2005 4:48:14 AM

 
Cynthia A. Gunderson

member since: 11/17/2004
 

Cari ,
I would love to see a color pic from the halogen lights you use:) If you wouldn't mind sharing, my email is tgundo@comcast.net.
Thanks!
cindy

1/28/2005 7:39:01 AM

 
Julie L. Curiel
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member since: 4/6/2003
 

Cari- I too would like to have more details about your halogen worklight studio. What wattage are they? How many do you have? Do you use diffusion panels? How do you mount them? If you could email me at rnabrams28@hotmail.com more details I would greatly appreciate it. Great picture!

2/17/2005 1:13:04 PM

 
Kimberly O. McCarty
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member since: 4/10/2004
 

Hello,
Carolyn I would also like to know what wattage your lights are? How many you use and if you use diffusion panels and how you mount them. I am just trying to set a studio up and I dont have a lot of money nor do I really know what I am doing. So advice from you would be spectacular:) My email is komccart@alltel.net

Thanks,
Kimberly

2/17/2005 1:51:39 PM

 
Lori L. Thomas
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member since: 1/29/2005
 

I use halogen work lights too when I shoot in my home. What do you mean by "you have to set a custom WB." I would really like to know because I don't always like the coloring of the pictures from the lights.
Lori

2/17/2005 9:33:03 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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member since: 8/6/2003
 

I am on my way out for a full day of shooting today. I promise I will get back to you guys tomorrow with details. Maybe I will even take a few photos of my setup while working today. Thanks for your interest.

Cari

2/18/2005 4:28:00 AM

 
Sandra Stacy

member since: 7/14/2003
 

Lovely photography, I, also, would like to know more about your studio setup, if you don't mind. I have been slowly building a studio in my sons extra space and have had a lot of trouble with lighting. Thanks for the great tips on this.
Sandra

2/18/2005 4:15:22 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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member since: 8/6/2003
 

Lori, What camera do you use? Are you shooting digital? Both of these things play a huge part in whether or not you will get good results with your work lights. I have a digital rebel and each and every time I shoot I set a custom white balance for that moment. If any ambient light enters the room through a window etc, that light will change as the day progresses so you may need to reset your WB every hour or so.

Another huge factor is the height of your subject's position. If they have been in a chair and then move to the floor, even though you are in the same basic spot you may need to re-meter and possibly change WB.

I use two sets of Home Depot lights...the halogen work lights. There are two lights on each stand. Each light is 500 watts. So that is a total of 2000 watts. I have them both to the left of camera. One up high (the height depends on my subject)at about 45 degrees from camera, one lower, at near but not quite 90 degrees from camera to bounce off of the reflector that is to the right. To the right I have a silver car window heat reflector thingy (I'm not sure what they are really called. LOL) I have shoot-through white umbrellas clamped to the lights to soften it. These lights get really hot. Make sure your clamps are not going to melt or burn and that the umbrellas are far enough away that they won't ignite. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. No joke!

In the heat of the moment yesterday I forgot to take pics of my setup. I am sorry. I have to be back out there the first of next week so I will try hard to remember to take them then.
Any other questions, feel free to email me at carispano@neo.rr.com. Just be sure to put Better Photo in the subject line so I don't overlook it.

Cari

2/19/2005 7:38:47 AM

 
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