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Old Oct 16, 2005, 4:29 AM   #1
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Hey guys,
I have seen a few ppl talking about home made tungsten lighting, i am wondering how do you go about doing it and is it really that cheap. I have finaly got sick of the flash and i would love to have some decent constant lighting.

Any suggestions would be geatly appreciated thnks

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Old Oct 16, 2005, 8:32 AM   #2
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Just on this page of the forum, I see 3 other questions asking pretty much the same thing...did you read the replys there? Also, the SEARCH function at the top of the forum is great for finding posts covering the topic you are interested in. Try "cheap" and "tungsten" for your search strings.
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Old Dec 2, 2005, 3:28 AM   #3
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To use constant light , photoflood lamps are the usual way. They are HOT, UNRELIABLE and EXPENSIVE. Stick too flash.
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 6:07 AM   #4
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The cheapest way to do it is to go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy some of their shop lights. They will come on a stand and can be either one or two 500 W quartz lights. Last time I bought them they were running about $35 (but that was a number of years ago).

OOPS: I see you are from New Zealand. So my Home Depot/Lowes reference will not mean much. Go to a home improvement shop and look at their shop lights.

As already mentioned, these are very hot and do not come with any kind of barn door or other light modifier (a must have IMO).

In my opinion, studio strobes with model lamps are the best way to go. There are some good relatively cheap starter kits available. You might also want to look at the Alien Bees too.


These are good units and start reasonably cheap, plus all the accessories are readily available.

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