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Old Jul 6, 2006, 10:33 AM   #11
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ok...not trying to sound stupid here....but what is a tungsten light bulb? Is that the same kind you buy and put in your household light receptacles? Is it the same as incadescent? Wanna be sure I am buying the right type of bulbs for my cheap home depot special studio lighting.... :-)
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What a great idea! I've always wanted to try portrait photography but the cost of the equipment has kept me away. I think I'll give a setup similar to yours a try.

BTW - I like your example portrait. Great results.
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ok...not trying to sound stupid here....but what is a tungsten light bulb? Is that the same kind you buy and put in your household light receptacles? Is it the same as incadescent? Wanna be sure I am buying the right type of bulbs for my cheap home depot special studio lighting.... :-)
woodsters I'm not sure if they're exactly the same filament ("tungsen" and "incandescent")but they are similar in that they are "hot" lights. Ken's bulbs are clear rather than the "soft white" you see in most home sockets. I'm not sure what wattage he uses either but you probably want a recepticle that can handle 200 watts or more and then get bulbs to match (dimmers might be a good idea too.) You can also use the halogen works lights sold at Home Depot but they get real hot. I've used those for both video production and some of my still photos but eventually I think you'll find strobes (flash) are the way to go (though there are also cool flourescents and even LED panels out there now that are very good too.)
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thanks peter....so what would be the best type of light bulb to use in the cheap flood lights that you get at home depot? I have lamps similar to this style that clamp on....



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ok...not trying to sound stupid here....but what is a tungsten light bulb? Is that the same kind you buy and put in your household light receptacles? Is it the same as incadescent? Wanna be sure I am buying the right type of bulbs for my cheap home depot special studio lighting.... :-)


thatsz not a silly question mate

yes, the lighs i use are home lights. i just go to local super market and in the lighting isle. These ft into your std everyday fitting. you can put these in your living room and have a really bright living room if you want to. LOL.



Oh and by the way, i use desk lamps which are rated at 60watt max but i run the 200w tungsten bulb on them anyways.

I also trialed halogen lighting but it didint seem to work as well for me. The light spread was very limited even with the bouncing off an umbrella. I found myself only being able to shot close face shots.

If you can make it work pleasew share

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What a great idea! I've always wanted to try portrait photography but the cost of the equipment has kept me away. I think I'll give a setup similar to yours a try.

BTW - I like your example portrait. Great results.

Thanks mate, yea the cost of lighting in NZ is incredibly expesivce and it really put me off trialing this sort of photography. Just with alot of messing arnd and trial and error its startgfin to come together. As i mentioned before the black/silver lined umbreallas made all the difference.

See my other results with umbrellas:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=5

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=88

thanks mate

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ok...not trying to sound stupid here....but what is a tungsten light bulb? Is that the same kind you buy and put in your household light receptacles? Is it the same as incadescent? Wanna be sure I am buying the right type of bulbs for my cheap home depot special studio lighting.... :-)
woodsters I'm not sure if they're exactly the same filament ("tungsen" and "incandescent")but they are similar in that they are "hot" lights. Ken's bulbs are clear rather than the "soft white" you see in most home sockets. I'm not sure what wattage he uses either but you probably want a recepticle that can handle 200 watts or more and then get bulbs to match (dimmers might be a good idea too.) You can also use the halogen works lights sold at Home Depot but they get real hot. I've used those for both video production and some of my still photos but eventually I think you'll find strobes (flash) are the way to go (though there are also cool flourescents and even LED panels out there now that are very good too.)

peter is right on the money here. dimmers is something i am lookin into in the near future along with a grey card for exposure and white balancin and i might even buy s few white translucent umbrellas and trial those. i want to try to achieve a really soft shadowless light look. Hmmm not sure how to get that yet, but i will keep you all posted



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