Thanks for saying you might be able to answer my questions Rob
Understand if you don't have time.
O.k here is my situation and questions Rembrandt Rob,
Panasonic nvgs400 MINI DV camcordrer (SD)
Rode NT3 MIC and stand
Eight 10Ē inch diameter clamp lights white inside (250 watt capacity)
Variety of incandescent bulbs from (40 w to 100 w)
Old basement cellar (16 foot long 14 foot wide 7 foot tall)
Duvets used to enclose filming/recording space.
Rob I am 8 feet away from camera lens sitting down
There is 3 feet between me and my background curtain.
Nobody operating camera (i.e.) filming my self-sitting down talking (comedy/stories)
Can move about dynamically in seat but always-seated in same position.
Make up = cats musical look, colours yellows/oranges and browns.
May have second character black/greys and white.
Current set up (Basic 3 point lighting)
Key light = 5 and half feet away from face approx 45 degrees shining down on me.
5 of my clamp lights with 100-watt Incandescent bulbs in. Experimenting with how many on and different bulbs strengths.
Fill light = 7 feet away from face approx 25/30 degrees shining down on me
2 of my clamp lights with same bulbs as key.(Experimenting)
Backlight = 1 or 2 clamp lights ceiling height same side as fill light shining down.
P.S Ė Considering up lighting background curtain too with coloured bulb same colour as curtain.
Rob realise that my set up is very cheap and I think it is good to have goals to aspire to. As a future goal I am aiming to get the set up you recommended in a previous post.
Key - Ianiro DMX ICE (2 55w kiniflo tubes) Tung
Full Ė Basic light (ie) 250 watt photoflood with umbrella / Chinese lantern
Back = Basic light (incand/halogen 100w)
I think this set up would cost about £500 all in and is the most I would be able to invest in the future.
With regards present situation what bulbs Rob? Photoflood or stick with incandescent.
Midnight made aware of halogen bulbs can shatter and best avoided from safety perspective as no protective glass between my lights and me. I was considering GLS halogen 100watt before I found this out.
Learned from you that Tungsten (3200k) is good for skin tones but I am in makeup?? Yellow/orange/brown is this not an issue for me (no skin exposed)
What best colour temp etc? Incandescent ,halogen???
Have used normal unbalanced CFL (all same brand) but realise these are not the best for me and more importantly the environment!!!!!!
Was considering daylight (CFL) until Tim kindly pointed me to your previous threads!
Any advise with current set up Rob?
Should I scrap clamps as key and use halogen work light (500w) with shower curtain etc?
Should I invest now in budget Photoflex skyline soft box (just abut afford)
Rob this isnít some whim or phase hobby!!!
I want to do the best I can and realise that lighting is foundational and so important.
I canít thank you enough for any response/help/advice that you can give a newbee like me Rob .
Cheers and all the best