You guys remember a few weeks ago I decided to test out those 5 Bulb CFL light heads? Well they turned out to be pretty cool. We thought we’d try them all out for a tutorial that Olivia is working on for her blog. Here’s an example of those lights along with a few tips towards getting better infinite white backgrounds. By the way, these tips can also help you put together a better Green Screen for keying out subjects.
1) Light and Over Expose the background – light light light!
2) Pull your subject away from the background
3) Light your subject separately and adjust as needed.
For backgrounds, nothing beats seamless paper rolls. It’s big, it’s bulky, it’s fragile, and sucks to travel with, but the single sheet leaves no wrinkles.
For lighting we’re using 6 fairly inexpensive CFL (compact fluorescent) lights. Each CFL Light has 5 bulbs and light output can be adjusted by turning off the individual bulbs within. To be honest, I think we might have over exposed Olivia a bit and we had only 3 bulbs turned on – so there’s still a bit of output we didn’t use in the front lights. Each head has a dedicated softbox and two layers of diffusion for flat even lighting. The lighting kit also comes with all the bulbs needed.
Stuff used below:
2000 WATT Digital Photography Lighting Studio
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