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    Default Help! Advice on home studio for full-body shots.

    Hi all, I'm considering to set up a home studio for my shop and I need some
    advice here.

    I'm taking full-body portrait shots of me wearing the clothes.
    The colours and details of the clothing has got to be as accurate as possible.
    Cannon 500d kit lens (if needed)

    Question:
    1. To my understanding, full-body potraits need at least 600w and above.
    How true is it?
    2. how is 600w calculated? Total or individual?

    Currently I'm considering the below. Please give me some advice on whether it's suitable:
    1. http://www.thestudiooutfitters.com/s...o0mkcrrnhur464
    2. http://store.tagotech.com/product_in...roducts_id=209
    3. http://store.tagotech.com/product_in...products_id=94

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnybeanie View Post

    I'm taking full-body portrait shots of me wearing the clothes.
    If without another person help you, it will be a very tiring process, you pose, snap the camera via remote, check results, not nice repose, snap again, check again, repose again....

    why don't get a mannequin instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by skinnybeanie View Post
    The colours and details of the clothing has got to be as accurate as possible.
    beside lighting the subject properly, getting correct exposure, you also need to do custom white balance. however, some colors will not reproduce 100% faithfully, but don't think that will be an major issue to you.


    Quote Originally Posted by skinnybeanie View Post
    Question:
    1. To my understanding, full-body potraits need at least 600w and above.
    How true is it?
    2. how is 600w calculated? Total or individual?

    Currently I'm considering the below. Please give me some advice on whether it's suitable:
    1. http://www.thestudiooutfitters.com/s...o0mkcrrnhur464
    2. http://store.tagotech.com/product_in...roducts_id=209
    3. http://store.tagotech.com/product_in...products_id=94
    I think you are referring to 600ws, 600watt per sec. usually we're referring to the total output of the key light lighting the subject, so it can be one light, two lights or multiple lights if the subject is very huge.

    so statement is correct but that also depends on whether do you use a light modifier like softbox or not. a 600ws strobe can be too powerful if you only have very small space to shoot.

    I would suggest instead of shooting your products yourself for the time being, you can try getting help from some photographers.

    Hope this help.
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    1. Actually I'm quite used to shooting myself using auto timer lol
    2. Getting someone to shoot is not an issue. Though not a professional.
    3. I tried to google, youtube and search here but can't find any intensive guide or tutorial for full-body home-lightings. Most of the guides are for product or half-body.

    PS: I'm very new to photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    If without another person help you, it will be a very tiring process, you pose, snap the camera via remote, check results, not nice repose, snap again, check again, repose again....

    why don't get a mannequin instead?

    beside lighting the subject properly, getting correct exposure, you also need to do custom white balance. however, some colors will not reproduce 100% faithfully, but don't think that will be an major issue to you.


    I think you are referring to 600ws, 600watt per sec. usually we're referring to the total output of the key light lighting the subject, so it can be one light, two lights or multiple lights if the subject is very huge.

    so statement is correct but that also depends on whether do you use a light modifier like softbox or not. a 600ws strobe can be too powerful if you only have very small space to shoot.

    I would suggest instead of shooting your products yourself for the time being, you can try getting help from some photographers.

    Hope this help.
    Just to clarify the point on the wattage, I believe that the energy-saving bulb is producing the same amount of light as would a 325W incandescent bulb, therefore having 2 bulbs gives "650W light output".
    The definition of Watts is energy produced or consumed per unit time (Joules/second), therefore there is no Watts per second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    Just to clarify the point on the wattage, I believe that the energy-saving bulb is producing the same amount of light as would a 325W incandescent bulb, therefore having 2 bulbs gives "650W light output".
    The definition of Watts is energy produced or consumed per unit time (Joules/second), therefore there is no Watts per second.
    in the matter of strobes, i believe there is. but i think its called watt-seconds, not watt/sec. because strobes occur in a split second. and it matters, how much power is blastes from the blub in 1 sec. it measures the power OUTput of the blub in 1sec.

    and for continuous light, i believe the power rating measures the power it draws from the socket.

    I THINK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsenGrim View Post
    in the matter of strobes, i believe there is. but i think its called watt-seconds, not watt/sec. because strobes occur in a split second. and it matters, how much power is blastes from the blub in 1 sec. it measures the power OUTput of the blub in 1sec.

    and for continuous light, i believe the power rating measures the power it draws from the socket.

    I THINK.
    ahhh then it's watt-second, not watt per second.
    watt (W=J/s) x time (s) = energy (J)

    But in the case of the lighting set-up that the TS had linked, it's a continuous lighting system. I seriously doubt that an energy-saving bulb can be used as a strobe
    Exploring! :)

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    But how are people able to use philips energy saver bulbs and florecent lamps as solutions for home lightings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnybeanie View Post
    1. Actually I'm quite used to shooting myself using auto timer lol
    2. Getting someone to shoot is not an issue. Though not a professional.
    3. I tried to google, youtube and search here but can't find any intensive guide or tutorial for full-body home-lightings. Most of the guides are for product or half-body.

    PS: I'm very new to photography.
    in the first place, why you need full length shots? are you selling shoes as well? you should just focus on the clothing you are selling if you plan to have catalog shots, face and feet/shoe will draw attention away from the products.

    anyway, lighting set up is similar, just need to pull back the lights and camera to show full body if you want to.
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    lots of videos to watch
    time to get cracking!!
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    in the first place, why you need full length shots? are you selling shoes as well? you should just focus on the clothing you are selling if you plan to have catalog shots, face and feet/shoe will draw attention away from the products.

    anyway, lighting set up is similar, just need to pull back the lights and camera to show full body if you want to.
    hey! thanks. somehow it didn't come into my mind. but occasionally there are long dresses which require full length.

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