First of all please excuse my voice in the video (getting over a head cold) so talking through my nose.
This is my very first test shoot in my new budget black duvet studio and using my budget lighting kit!
Fire extinguisher and fire blanket are close at hand and I have tested heat issue before shooting outside (ie) wonít catch fire short exposure (cinefoil) & thick mount board but heat does warp it after a while.
(Rembrandt Rob was right (i.e.) use wood not cardboard!!!)
Lights on max 10 minutes no longer with lots of breaks to cool down. Light kit is not moved till completely cool.
I have reset manual WB on every shot and manually focused on myself using my homemade cardboard zoom /focus board type thing.
Havenít experimented with manual (iris or shutter speed) yet but will soon.
Have to walk before I can run.
I am already acting on Rembrandt Robís great advice about using plywood rather than cardboard and also a smaller backlight (Par16) but until this gets sorted I needed to test out my stuff (cardboard)!
Here are my own conclusions so far from the shoot.
My stuff is meant to be fun and entertaining (comedy/stories) so the lighting has to reinforce that .The first few shots with less light are very moody and can be used now and again but not for the majority of the time.
The more powerful lighting I personally think brings out the makeup best.
Not sure now if 3 point lighting using different power light in key and fill are appropriate??? Maybe even lighting on left and right and a backlight works best as I move a lot the equal lighting seems to keep me well lit all the time with less shadows.
The backlight is so important as is moving away from background !!!!!! (Thanks Tim)
When I use 550w in key or on both sides after a while it does start to distort my cardboard kit and to me seems too bright to work under (eyes).
I think using 275w max and experimenting with the iris could be good and I could also add more diffusion on the other side to still keep with the 3 point lighting look if you guys think that is best compared to even lighting ???. Or I could have no diffusion on key (275w) and use diffusion on fill (275w) to again create 3-point lighting look????.
I will experiment.
I personally think the 6500k incandescent craft/daylight bulbs show off the deep blue velvet curtain best compared to 2700k bulbs and less light on the curtain seem best just like Midnight Blue advised
I am 4 feet from background and my flag sheets are working very well (ie) no light on background curtain!!!!
Might experiment with twisting my body slightly next test compared to being square on all the time ?
Still a lot to experiment with but this is the fun for me Ö learning about light and how to use my NVGS400 camera so I can do it justice.
If you have the time to watch my 6 min video then I canít thank you enough.
If you could advise on what you like best or if my shots are overexposed etc or basically any advice is massively appreciated.
Everything is taken on board and copied and pasted for future reference.
I am looking forward to eventually posting a short before and after comparison video.