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GBEPS
11-20-2012, 10:31 AM
Just curious if anyone on this forum with photography experience has used daylight photo lamps and reflective umbrellas? It would be great to become independant of the weather and create the nice soft winter sunlight we have in the afternoon (when I am out at work :cry:). Regular lights, don't have sufficient lumens as well as light temperature.

ANA Mohican
11-20-2012, 11:21 AM
How about bounce flash technique with longer exposure? I do it.

GBEPS
11-20-2012, 12:08 PM
That's a good point, thanks a lot for suggesting. I wanted to purchase a external flash for a while now, so this may be a good moment for it. Also I have seen some diffusers for macro flash photography that look interesting.

ANA Mohican
11-20-2012, 12:36 PM
Dunno which brand you have, but I got me a Canon 430EX II. It pivot and tilt plus remote flash capability. It even has a built-in wide angle diffuser.
http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/ANA_Mohican/MAC/mac20120625_007.jpg

Sample I took.
http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/ANA_Mohican/MAC/mac20120625_001.jpg

Cheyban
12-04-2012, 02:26 AM
Just curious if anyone on this forum with photography experience has used daylight photo lamps and reflective umbrellas? It would be great to become independant of the weather and create the nice soft winter sunlight we have in the afternoon (when I am out at work :cry:). Regular peimar led lights (http://www.niceledlights.com), don't have sufficient lumens as well as light temperature.

I have no such experience but got some real good pics of led day lights..

Agent X20
12-05-2012, 09:51 AM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/AgentX20/Howitsdonenow.jpg

Theres two schools of thought

1. Flash...

2. Continuous lighting...



Flash can be quite brutal and quite sophisticated with umbrellas and all that stuff and perhaps not as constant especially if you are moving the model about.... and unless you spend buckets you may be waiting for the unit to recharge between snaps..

As its sophisticated that counts me out...:lol:


I use continuous lighting as per the piccie above with a product table and off white perspex backing.... but thats kinda my house style.

The lighting is E bay and will invariably come from China, cost 120. ($200US?)

I sometimes use an overhead box as well.... (another $100)

They are not the brightest of bulbs, if you get too bright it tends to start reflecting all over the place.. these are the 85Watt big 'curly' ones..

Other folk will then also use white reflective cards or mirrors to bounce the light around.

Table was about $100... get the biggest you can especially if you plan to do wide angle..

Then you need a studio... or understanding other half...yes!


Why continous lighting...?

1. It keeps me warm...
2. It is constant and doesn't vary that much when you move the model about.. so if it is a series of photos then they dont vary too much..
3. I can take 10/20 shots of the one angle and play with the camera settings, sometimes with prop planes you need that many to get the right moving prop shots...
4. To me its more what you see is what you get....
5. Others will use tents and lamps, thats just not my style so cannot comment on those...

Last point...

IMPO Model photography is close up not macro... Macro tends not to have the depth of field, i.e nose and tail in focus rather than just a bit of it.. ...Macro is great if for example you want just an insignia or something like that....

But hey WTFDIK... everyone tends to find their own house style...

(Top Agent X20 secret.... the items that made the most difference as in improvement was chucking the cheap ally tripod and getting a Manfrotto solid jobbie ($150-200) The photo above is when I had the cheap ally tripod, the clunk of the mirror moving inside the camera can cause movement..:shock:... and a remote cable release $5!! from China.. as with continuous lighting and high f stops, the speed you are shooting at (circa 1/30), hand held will show up movement..)


But at the end of the day, itys practice, practice and more practice but some days you just seem to get luckier than others....

Hope this helps...


http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/AgentX20/JC%20Wings/727MexicanaXASEL006.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/AgentX20/JC%20Wings/TristarLTU003.jpg

alexakos
12-31-2012, 12:07 PM
Nice to see some behind the scenes images from the PRO of diecast airplane photography!!!!

Cheers Agent!

BlueFocus
01-18-2013, 07:04 PM
Really Interesting,

Thanks Agent!