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    Default Question about lighting

    Hey all,

    I'm in the process of shooting an instructional DVD in a woodworking shop. All the action is mostly happening around the table saw but I need to stand quite far from the saw to get a good overall view of the scene. My first session didn't turn out so well. I think I don't have enough light (3x 250W lights on tripod).

    My budget is also limited and can't afford those fancy light box costing 1000$ each. Renting can be an option but each shoot is done out of town and I'm gone for 1 week each time. I'm a little concerned I'll end up paying too much to keep them so long.

    As a possible solution, I was wondering what kind of results I could expect from using some powerful halogen lights on stand ( The same type they use in construction. I'm not sure about the color temperature of those lights but I was thinking of using them obviously not pointing directly at the scene but more to light up the place (bouncing off the ceiling / walls).

    I would be curious to know if it's a route you would advise.

    Thanks for your help!


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    I use work lights all the time, There cheap ($30) and work great, Also find a dimmer switch to adjust the brightness.

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    TGV Edius 6, TGV ProCoder 3, DVD Lab Pro. 2

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    Yes I use site lights too - not so controllable as red heads et al but a zillionth the price and they use the same bulbs anyway (I think).

    For bran doors / filters / scrim just improvise. Bouncing off walls or reflectors will soften harsh shadows.

    Clour temp is tungsten - same as pricey proper halogen jobs.

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    What camera are you going to shoot this on Beniboose?.

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    I'm using a Canon XH-A1. It's a great cam and just want to make sure I honor its capabilities.

    Thanks for helping!


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