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    Default Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    I recently went on an indoor model shoot (hotel) and was very happy with the results.
    2 Studio lights were used for the shoot, and I never took any shots with my own flash to compare.

    I'm planning on doing a model shot at a hotel this weekend, but I don't have any studio lighting, and I don't want to compromise on the quality of my shots.

    1. Is there affordable studio lighting for 1 day hire?
    2. Can I achieve similar quality/results from an SB600?
    3. Is there anything else I can do to help? Gary Fong difuser (will have to buy), or bounce off an umbrella (also have to buy).

    Thanks in advance for any help people can give me, i'm no expert in lighting yet.
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    using lighting just like using a camera, need to understand how it works and have knowledge about photography....

    do you think you pass your camera to your friend, which he has no idea what is photography, you able to create shots just like you do becos of using your camera?
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    anyway, you can rent studio lighting from Commercial Services Offered


    and some people practice Strobist way, but learn all these thing is not a overnight thingy.
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    What Catchlights said ...

    Anyways, if you want to try, there should be at least one or two companies renting lights.

    Check http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/forum...aysprune=&f=54

    Also look on youtube for guides to shooting models/portraits with studio lights to pick up some basics.

    All the best.

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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    You will never know until you try. We have never seen the setup of your last shoot so it's hard to comment.

    So go ahead and experiment. If you don't get the results that you wanted, do it again.

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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    The previous setup was:

    2 Bowen studio lights bounced off 2 umbrellas. Quite simple really.

    I was just in "Commercial Services Offered", didn't see studio lights for hire.
    Also, I would need to take shots in a more confined space like bathroom, not sure if it will be possible to use the studio lighting/umbrellas there.
    Looks like I may have to experiment more with my SB600
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    It may not be so visible since the main bulk of business is camera and lens rentals, besides studio time. You'll have to look into each thread and each advertiser's website.

    IIRC, camerarantal has some sets for rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    It may not be so visible since the main bulk of business is camera and lens rentals, besides studio time. You'll have to look into each thread and each advertiser's website.

    IIRC, camerarantal has some sets for rent.
    I found someone who will rent it out to me, the only problem now is finding the hotel room that is reasonable price, and a nice sized room with nice decor
    Naumi Hotel is nice, but standard room has large mirror behind the bed. Next room up is $412 a night after taxes!
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    Try Crowne Plaza Hotel
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Try Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Already decided on somewhere, stay tuned for pics next week
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    I think u can combine ya SB600 with lightstand+umbrella (I got the bundle @$50).

    This is the effect, taken in my room with one flash.




    Taken at corridor.
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    Awesome shots, nice lighting + model
    I think i'll be getting that, quite convenient and affordable!
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    this shot was purely window lit opposing the window. but i liked it personally...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/engrmariano/4426684349/

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    Quote Originally Posted by engrmariano View Post
    this shot was purely window lit opposing the window. but i liked it personally...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/engrmariano/4426684349/
    I'm guessing you may like it for more than just the lighting
    I have high expectations, I need a more consistent light source for model shots, especially without window lighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
    Awesome shots, nice lighting + model
    I think i'll be getting that, quite convenient and affordable!

    Thanks, remember to set ya flash zoom to 28mm, to cover the Whole umbrella
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahne View Post
    Thanks, remember to set ya flash zoom to 28mm, to cover the Whole umbrella
    I ended up buying the softbox instead lol. $80 for mini stand + Phottix softbox.
    I also had to buy $75 Phottix Wireless flash Trigger set too.
    I think i'll still need to buy something like Gary Fong diffuser, something more portable.
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    how much, where, wat size did u buy for the softbox?
    mind to share which hotel u book? i may be planning fr one too =/

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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zahne View Post
    I think u can combine ya SB600 with lightstand+umbrella (I got the bundle @$50).

    This is the effect, taken in my room with one flash.


    Taken at corridor.
    which type of umbrella? shoot thru or silver bounce?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
    I ended up buying the softbox instead lol. $80 for mini stand + Phottix softbox.
    I also had to buy $75 Phottix Wireless flash Trigger set too.
    I think i'll still need to buy something like Gary Fong diffuser, something more portable.
    I got the universal gary fong light sphere, I got it for $91 @cathay photo . But damn good for indoor shoots. If u taking in hotel I think umbrella is better, can do bounce light to fill the room. the 60cm softbox is too small too fill the whole body I think. I'm still newbie ar.

    This is what I get when using 60cm softbox
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    Default Re: Indoor model shots without use of studio lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by duckweed View Post
    which type of umbrella? shoot thru or silver bounce?
    I'm using the 33" inch white diffuser umbrella
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