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Old May 9th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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From Studio to Outside

I want to shoot outside with my 550D with the 50 1.8, but as for lighting, what do you recommend? I only have a set up studio lights shown here:

Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 Two Light Kit (120V AC) INT117 B&H

Strobe or perhaps a small external generator?
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Old May 10th, 2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: From Studio to Outside

No way to tell.

"Outside" can mean any of a thousand things. Bright? Cloudy? Shade? Full sun? Dark area towards light? Light area towards dark? Shooting an elephant? Or a piece of jewelry? Or a school class? Or a building? or, or, or, or, or...

Basically, you're going to have to assess how bright the bright stuff in your frame is. Compare that to the not as bright stuff. Figure where the sun is coming from (If the sun is even in play) then decide if you can ignore the sun (as on an enclosed fully shaded porch) or if you can BOUNCE the sun with reflectors, or if you've got to FIGHT the sun with added lighting.

That last one is pretty difficult, since the sun is VERY, VERY bright, and typically only expensive and powerful instruments such as high-wattage HMIs have the power to balance out shadows cast in open sunlight.

The place to start is to do some tests at the time and facing the same direction you're planning for your shots and look at the results paying particular attention to the shadows you get.

Cameras are NOT as sensitive as the human eye, and what your eyes and brain can capture as detail in the shadow areas like overhead sun-lit human eye sockets and shadows cast from trees, etc, nearly all cameras will see as dark, detail free black holes in your scenes.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #3
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Re: From Studio to Outside

Yes, if you want to film in daylight, reflectors are the most cost effective means of doing this. They are available in various grades of reflection from hard to soft and in many sizes.

Are you talking about shooting night exteriors with these lights?
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