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Old June 5th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Flooding a room w/ light

I have a Sony Dual On light on my FX1 that does a good job of blinding the subject, but not of flooding a room with light. Is there a camera mountable light that would accomplish this? I'm considering wrapping the existing light in paper. The light swivels around, so if I could shoot it off something, that might work as well. Thanks.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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maybe bounce the light off some foam core?
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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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Why not use an off-camera light and bounce that off a ceiling or wall?

There isn't really a practical on-camera light that will do what you want.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 05:35 PM   #4
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I'm considering wrapping the existing light in paper.
DON"T. You'll start a fire.

You need to diffuse your light. There are many ways to do this; you can put 'Spun' or 'Frost' over the light or you can buy a small softbox for your on-camera light, but as was said earlier, simply bouncing the light off the ceiling can often be the best solution.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #5
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I could find a way to point my camera light straight up. I'm doing Real Estate walk thrus and don't want it to look like I have a light on the camera. I suppose another thing I could try is wrapping paper around the light like a half-cone so that some diffuses onto the ceiling while soft light seeps through the paper.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 12:10 AM   #6
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paper + hot light = fire. Don't do it. throw light up to the ceiling...the bounce off of the ceiling will diffuse for you.

Or, put a bedsheet stretched out about 10 feet in front of the light to make a large light source that will be nice soft light. A 500 watt work light would be fine for this...remember to keep distance between the light and the bedsheet. If you smell burning, it's too close...fire bad. Lowers the resale value of the house.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #7
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But Cole, fire makes great video. ;o)
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also, shoot during the day, and put some lamps in corners to keep them bright. Oh, but maybe use daylight timed bulbs in them.
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But Cole, fire makes great video. ;o)
Yeah, but this stuff would be off camera. :(
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Old June 7th, 2007, 01:49 PM   #10
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Dang...hadn't thought of that.
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