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    Lighting help please

    Ok guys how would you light this setup.

    If you go to the “Abstract” forum and look at my balloon shots you’ll see that the 3 speed lights are causing hot spots, as you can see in the last shot of the orange balloon there is 3 hotspots and shadows on the other balloon shots.

    I’ve just got 2 white umbrellas last week & placed them at 45* angle to the balloon and still getting uneven lighting.

    Any advise would be appreciated even if I have to purchase extra gear.


    http://i68.tinypic.com/2mzi7me.jpg

    http://i68.tinypic.com/15nascz.jpg

    http://i64.tinypic.com/2uyiux1.jpg


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    Not too sure about the lighting, Al, but that shed needs some attention, it's far to clean and tidy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Not too sure about the lighting, Al, but that shed needs some attention, it's far to clean and tidy!
    Haha,,,,,, not
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    Al, not really being an experienced with this type of photography, I have had some experience in lighting portraits. The secret with portraits is to soften or diffuse the light to avoid hotspots. I use a 40cm x 40cm softbox on speedlites - sometimes with an internal diffuser installed. I am surprised the umbrellas still give you hot spots - have you tried moving the umbrellas closer to the balloon - this should diffuse the light more.

    The 40 x 40 softboxes are not expensive from fleabay but the light diffusion is not that much different than shoot through umbrellas. Alternatively you could try reflective umbrellas - although I feel this method is not as good as diffusing the light as shoot through umbrellas or softboxes.
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    Move them closer,,,,,hmmm I was moving them away,,,, I’ll try that although I can’t get to close or they’ll get covered in coloured water and stain them.

    I’ve got reflective umbrellas I’ll also try them.

    Thank you for your input Brian.

    Al

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    As Brian has stated.... larger diffuser = less hotspots.... if your a bit of a handy man you can knock up a large scrim type diffuser in minutes..all you need it a frame and some opaque paper.. buy a large roll and you have many scrims in the future.. try something along the lines of 6ft x 3 ft... youtube has plenty of DIY scrims
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    Hi Al

    Yes - closer is the key, but the diffused light also needs to have a large surface area as well. When the light source is larger than the subject and also close, you should get that soft, wrap-around light with smooth shadow transitions and no hot spots.

    The Sun is a big ball of energy but it is located some 93,000,000 miles away, therefore it acts like a spot light and produces harsh shadows and hot spots.

    If you take a torch and light an object with it, you'll also get harsh shadows and hot spots.

    On a heavily overcast cloudy day, you get nice soft light with no hot spots. A good flash diffuser should make the flashgun tube "appear" to have a larger surface area by spreading the light rather than concentrating it.

    Cheers

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    Thanks Brian Paul & Dennis I’ll work on that next round.

    Al

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    diffusers or bounce them off a bit white sheet set up behind the camera or off to the side.
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