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Recommend a light set for a white muslin backdrop

 
firme
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Aug 25, 2012 15:43 |  #16

Thanks everyone for the help. It has helped me very much.

As I currently have have 2 heads, I was thinking about getting 2 more heads since I can hook up to 4 heads. But not sure if it would be better to get 2 mono lights vs getting 2 more speedotron heads, which is another topic that I would need to analyze and compare both.

When I purchased my backdrop support it came with the white muslin. Plus I figured that it would last longer than paper, but never thought of the consequences of the background. I knew there were going to be wrinkles which have confidence on my ps skills but I would rather take more time on the model than on the background itself.

I'm currently in the process of getting a reflective sheet for the floor as the girl in bobbyz picture which if I remember correctly can be purchased at menards.

Thanks for the input guys.




  
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Aug 27, 2012 12:04 as a reply to  @ firme's post |  #17

Paper is very inexpensive and if taken care of can last a loooong time. I'm still using the same roll of white paper that I purchased back in 2008. I have no idea how many shoots its survived through but I think I'm safe to say at least 60-80. I'm just getting to the point where i've had to trim off enough paper that for a model any taller than 5'6 I do not have enough paper to roll out. I'd say that for 4 years and that many shoots, the 60$ was well worth the investment.

Regarding plexi for the floor, yes any home hardware store should sell some plexi for your needs. Ideally a 4'x8' sheet would be used as it not only gives you alot of reflection in a wider shot, but also covers much of the paper allowing it to be saved from damage. The drawback to this size of sheets is the sheer weight and cost.

If you can find a 3'x4' or something close to that size, go with the medium thickness, roughly 5/16 or a little thicker and you should be fine. The danger with going too thin is that a girl with some serious stilettos can easily crack the plexi.

Regarding lighting....

If you are to purchase monolights, I'd probably recommend going with the speedo monos, I forget what they called the line... I say this because the color temp of the bulbs and flashtubes should match that of the pack based system. If you purchase a different brand of mono you're likely to run into issues with blending the color temps of the two different brands of lights.

If you like the pack based system, just scoop up another pack and another couple of heads.

I do NOT recommend trying to run all 4 lights off of the one pack. It is doable, but trust me, its a huge pain.

Even with splitting the channels on the pack to differentiate which heads get more power, I can 99% promise you that you'll be put into a situation where you can't adjust the power enough + or - to get where you need to be and then you're forced to move your heads back or forward, which depending on your space and limitations with the head cables, may not even be possible.

If you're able to at the minimum split your background heads and the subject heads, you'll have many less headaches.

just my .02c




  
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Aug 27, 2012 13:35 |  #18

Another alternative to plexi is white tile board. I found it a Home Depot but I expect its available at most any building supply. It comes in 4x8 sheets. The edges are relatively fragile (i.e. the will chip).

If you need a larger shooting area placing two side by side creates a 8x8 space. over lap the one nearest to the camera on the one farthest from the camera and when lit the seam tends to disappear.

Muslin has its place, mostly when traveling to locations where the roll of paper is a hassle. The you have to take care lighting it to minimize wrinkles.

Paper is far and away easier if you can find a way to transport it. If its your studio then paper for sure.


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