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Sep 14, 2011 17:39 |  #1

when should continuous light be used in photoshoot ?


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Sep 14, 2011 17:43 |  #2

I use mostly flash. But I've seen some great results from Doug Gordon, a wedding photographer, using a video light. I've dabbled with it, but I can't say I'm good. Basically it allows just a kiss of light on the subject without blasting the background like a flash can.
If you mean large, softbox-contained light, I can't say. I wouldn't recommend them.




  
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Sep 14, 2011 20:09 |  #3

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when should continuous light be used in photoshoot ?

When the subject is inanimate.

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Sep 14, 2011 20:44 |  #4
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picard wrote in post #13104170 (external link)
when should continuous light be used in photoshoot ?

When shooting outside under the sun.

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Sep 14, 2011 21:38 |  #5

I heard that depending on the lighting conditions (brightness and distance to subject,) a continuous light may cause your subject's pupils to contract. This doesn't mean the end of the world but it is something to keep in mind.




  
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Sep 14, 2011 22:20 |  #6

tripl3distill3d wrote in post #13105204 (external link)
I heard that depending on the lighting conditions (brightness and distance to subject,) a continuous light may cause your subject's pupils to contract. This doesn't mean the end of the world but it is something to keep in mind.

well the Euro zone will collapse soon. The world is coming to an end.


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Sep 14, 2011 22:37 |  #7

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well the Euro zone will collapse soon. The world is coming to an end.

Time to shop for some cheap Greek Islands ;)


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Sep 14, 2011 22:43 |  #8

x_tan wrote in post #13105446 (external link)
Time to shop for some cheap Greek Islands ;)

I call dibs on the Parthenon!!!

to answer the OP when I am going for wide open shooting.


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Sep 14, 2011 22:51 |  #9

2nd though, should buy the Eiffel and move it to Melbourne :D


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Sep 14, 2011 23:55 |  #10

Continuous lights have the advantage of "what you see is what you get", but they cannot freeze motion. Many tungsten lights, get very hot, and don't handle being moved around much. They are not overly portable and require a lot of power (except video lights). I have a 1000 watt "hot light", but it is ridiculously bright, and since it's basically a halogen light, a bit of a bump would trash the bulb.




  
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Sep 15, 2011 00:05 |  #11

Use continuous lights to illuminate your studio so you don't trip over a cord, fall on your subject, hit her in the head with your 70-200 and get sued.

But when you're ready to shoot, turn them off and let the modeling lights on your strobes do their job.


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Sep 15, 2011 09:52 |  #12

picard wrote in post #13104170 (external link)
when should continuous light be used in photoshoot ?

Kind of an open-ended question and you've already gotten many opinions... I would say it depends on what you're trying to achieve.

I recently saw a couple of blog posts of pro fashion photographers using a mix of strobe and continuous lighting (and long-ish shutter duration) to achieve some dramatic images. The strobes were on the (female) subject and "froze" their image, while the continuous lighting lit long wispy veils being blown by fans behind them as well as the background. Quite dramatic as the veils seemed to be in motion while the subjects were static.

As others have mentioned/implied, continuous lighting isn't great for freezing your subject/ motion (unless you have really hi-output lights like cinema style HMI) so it's mostly used for still life images. On the other hand, continuous lighting (I assume you mean artificial) may allow some fun creative effects.


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Sep 15, 2011 18:18 |  #13

x_tan wrote in post #13105500 (external link)
2nd though, should buy the Eiffel and move it to Melbourne :D

Real estate developer, Del Webb, bought the London Bridge from the City of London and moved it to Lake Havasu along the Colorado River.

What a shock for Mr. Webb and his purchasers. The City of London advertised that the "London Bridge" was for sale. The purchasers (or so the story goes) thought that they were buying the "Tower Bridge" which is an icon of London not, the stone "London Bridge". Most Americans had no idea what the London Bridge looked like...

You can still hear people remark when visiting the London Bridge at Lake Havasu that it doesn't look anything like what they though it would. Naturally, many visitors expect to see the Tower Bridge...

However, at least Del Webb got a bridge. Late in the 19th and early in the 20th Centuries, con-men would "sell" the Brooklyn Bridge" to unsuspecting "hicks".


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Sep 15, 2011 18:22 |  #14
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Continuous is also good when you can't get the timing of the shutter button right the same as when the flash goes off.




  
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Sep 15, 2011 21:04 |  #15

RPCrowe wrote in post #13109849 (external link)
Real estate developer, Del Webb, bought the London Bridge from the City of London and moved it to Lake Havasu along the Colorado River.

What a shock for Mr. Webb and his purchasers. The City of London advertised that the "London Bridge" was for sale. The purchasers (or so the story goes) thought that they were buying the "Tower Bridge" which is an icon of London not, the stone "London Bridge". Most Americans had no idea what the London Bridge looked like...

You can still hear people remark when visiting the London Bridge at Lake Havasu that it doesn't look anything like what they though it would. Naturally, many visitors expect to see the Tower Bridge...

However, at least Del Webb got a bridge. Late in the 19th and early in the 20th Centuries, con-men would "sell" the Brooklyn Bridge" to unsuspecting "hicks".

I think the buyer was McCulloch, the chainsaw guy.
I was there two weeks ago...quite a site.




  
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