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    cheap lighting for video


    help me out a bit

    im more of a music sound dude but im gettin outta the studio n gettin into filming but heres the thing

    i dont know lights anything more than simple stage show lighting for plays, musicals, that kinda stuff

    ive been readin up a lot about film lighting

    n i heard some tips about trying 2 go cheap using 3-point lighting with work lights

    heres the thing

    wats the wattage i should get?

    should i get more wattage than i need n then juz dim down if necessary?


    i was thinking

    for about a hundred bucks i can get one 500 watt light that doesnt have a stand and i would use that with a reflector to use as the soft light

    a 1000 watt light that comes with a stand to use as the main light

    and use a 500 watt light that comes with the stand for the fill light

    some quick questions

    should the fill light have the same wattage as the main? or wat should the ratio be? im juz taking a guess by putting it as half, but is that over or under shooting it?

    does the soft light need more wattage?

    what are the most important upgrades to this system???


    are dimmers really necesasary?

    i dont believe any of the rooms we will b filming in will be that large

    n i was wondering if ne lights are needed for outdoors at all

    juz as some kinda a touch up


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    Actually you don't have to vary wattage for the lights. They can all be 1000 watts. The variable you play around with is distance (light from object). You can bounce, reflect, etc to the lights to soften them if your room is not big enough. Yes, fill light is usually 1/2 of key light, that is a general rule of thumb.

    On the other hand, it's okay to vary wattage.

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'upgrades'...

    Dimmers are very useful, but not compulsory.

    It is good to have lighting outdoors if needed, if not prepare reflectors, and keep them out of shot!
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    Quote: nagar
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    Dimmers are very useful, but not compulsory.
    Just remember: If you dim your lights, the color temperature changes slightly.
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    ok wait!!!!

    you have a g to spend? look into a light kit, and not work lights. Work lights are HARD to control.

    B&H is a good place to look and see things and prices. ebay is a good place to buy from!
    Manoni Productions
    Pass me another beer...You are still ugly!

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    Lowell kits are great

    Lowell is a company that sells great and affordable lighting packages. B&H sells them. My first kit was called the "elemental kit" and it cost around $800. You can make just about anything work for you if you have some experience with lighting. If not, spend some time reading up on it or working as an assistant to pros in the industry that really understand how to manipulate light on a set. Good luck!

    Kris Simmons


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