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Old February 20th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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White Limbo Lighting and the EX3

Just thought I'd share...

I've set up my infinite white set and have begun practicing with it. I've got a lot of editing to do before the full body shots are ready (looking for the Vegas FX to make me drop about 20 lbs!), but here is a sample of a tighter shot.

Personally, I'm pretty happy with the result. My goal was to light EVERYTHING with only fluorescent lights, and I put together a kit assembled with items from Home Depot. I made no attempt to shield the talent (myself) from the lighting on the backdrop.

I used four 4' dual lamp (40w each) fluorescent fixtures and one 100w compact fluorescent bulb. All lamps are 'natural sunlight' around 5000 Kelvin with a Color index of 92 for good reproduction. All fixtures are vertically mounted to light stands. The compact one is actually screwed directly into a ceiling fixture over my head. Two of the fixtures are on either side of me aimed at the backdrop at a 45 degree angle. The other two are about five feet from me also at about 45 degrees.

Once I complete some more editing, I'll post samples of the full body shots, but they are just as clean.

Oh, and the shirt is NOT black - the color is correct. My black shirt showed up a little brown (IR), so I changed. Also, I white-balanced using Vortex Media's 1/4 blue card AFTER I made sure the backdrop was blown out. The fluorescent lights made this quite easy - the entire wall is an even 102%.

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Old February 20th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #2
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You're getting a shadow on your chest that I assume is from the overhead light. I think It'd look better without that shadow that moves as your head moves.

Are all the lights directed at the screen? and what are you using for a screen and how far is it from you?
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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Wow, I didn't even see that before. I'll have to move that light back further.

This is a backdrop from Adorama - White Vinyl. It's about six to eight feet behind me. Thre rear lights are directed at the screen, the front lights are directed at me and the screen.
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Nice to meet you Ted. Best wishes for your cyc. Like the accidental drop at the end!
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I sat on a airplane from London to LA trying to do the cube and it ended up in the trash can, not completed - I guess you must have found it.
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