The last couple of days I have been trying to build a light rig so that I can make better photos during the long dark winter nights
My initial idea has four 100W bulbs mounted on a cardboard construction. I wanted to make two of these so I could light from both sides. Because of the multiple light sources the shadows are nicely blurred and not so sharp as would be with one light.
As you can see it's made out of low cost, easy to get stuff. Cardboard, Panzer-Tape (tank-tape? it's a very, very robust black tape) and cheap bulb sockets. The most expensive are the bulbs at €10 each. Oh ... and the cat got caught on film
Front view. I covered the inside panels with alu foil so that the light could reflect back to the object.
While buying the lamps I came across a building site lamp with 400W which cost only €15. So I thought I give it a try and see how it fares compared to the 4 single bulbs solution @ €40. Being a single light source I found that the shadows looked too strong so I built a diffusor screen with baking paper to make the shadows a little more soft.
Easy setup with diffusor screen.
Now for the photo results:
Only the building site lamp without diffusor
Still single lamp. Adding the diffusor softened the shadows.
Both lamp rigs setup on opposite sides (as seen in the photos above). Shadows are even more softened!
Same setup photo'ed from above.
Photos taken with a Sony RX100 mk I (one of the best cameras at that price range I think; I use it for diving photography as it works extremely well in low light conditions) @ 1/125 f5.6 200iso and developed in Lightroom. Much better than the mobile cam shots!
Now I need to work on backgrounds
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2016 0:23:37 GMT -9 by lightning
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9