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Diy Fluorescent Photography Studio Lighting – Part Ii

Diy Fluorescent Photography Studio Lighting – Part Ii

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In Part I of this series I showed you how to build your own studio quality fluorescent lighting set-up for photographing models and portraits. Now in Part II I will show you how to make it work for you and what mistakes to avoid regarding color balance and light placement. View Part 1 youtube – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Read more about this on my blog at joeedelman Be sure to visit my website at JoeEdelman If you work with models — be sure to visit BusinessOfModeling

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  1. Thank you. I’m learning to visualize in B&W with my New Years Resolution. I
    wouldn’t consider myself a photo techie, but I wrote HP41 programs for the
    zone system and eV’s relationship w/ ISO, f stop, and shutter speed and
    another to translate focal lengths between the various formats, 35mm,
    6×4.5, 6×7, 4×5. I wish card reader worked so I could reverse engineer my
    programming. My wife would probably shoot me if I mentioned about going
    into medium format.

  2. Hey Joe
    thanks for your teachings and inspiration.

    Actually i’m making one myself these days, and a question came up:
    the original Kino Flo lights come with a „base“ and 2 barn-doors-like flaps
    that’s what i’m using for my diy one.

    Question is – do you recommend to cover my base with aluminum-foil
    (a wooden plate i’ve attached the light bulbs to) or paint it black,
    like i did with those flaps?

    Thanks again, from Tel Aviv, IL.
    Looking forward to seeng more videos from you

  3. With the T12 fixtures – I never missed having a reflector – so I would say it is a matter of personal preference. With the T8 Fixture that I show in the Part 3 video – it has a very bright aluminum reflector that I actually painted white to tone it down. I am not sure if that fixture is available in Israel. The beauty of the fluorescent tubes is that they emit light 360 degrees so it is a very forgiving light.

  4. Thanks for your reply. It’s done and it’s beautiful!
    Came out a lil different than yours – I’ve mounted 2 fluorescents
    onto a wooden plate painted in black and it’s just awesome!
    Thanks again for the experience. It feels great to see learn and apply.
    Very appreciated. Keep going! 🙂

  5. Thanks for your reply. It’s done and it’s beautiful!
    Came out a lil different than yours – I’ve mounted 2 fluorescents
    onto a wooden plate painted in black and it’s just awesome!
    Thanks again for the experience. It feels great to see learn and apply.
    Very appreciated. Keep going! 🙂

  6. These lights are going out of market because they are not a legal market for them anymore. Here in Europe you cant buy light like this anymore next year, they are banned in my country and everything is going LED. How will this affect your type of lighting?

  7. Forgot to comment that the image at 8:10 rocks! Really enjoy your work. Would be interesting to have your views on the LED technology overtaking the market for traditional lights because of environmental reasons. Its almost impossible to buy these fluorescent types of lights in my country now and in 2013 they will be officially banned over here.

  8. I am not surprised. While there is no fear of that happening in the US anytime soon – I am sure eventually everything will go to LED. These fluorescent fixtures are just one of many types of light that I work with – if they ever go away – it will be time to experiment with something new.

  9. Thank you! I actually love LED lighting – it is cool – energy efficient and very lightweight and portable. I definitely welcome it. Like anything else that is new – it tends to be somewhat expensive at this point – but that will change as it becomes more readily available.

  10. I gotta say, Joe, you are doing great work. Thanks for your very helpful tips and this wonderful tutorial on lighting. Your portraits are both creative and well shot. Great work!

  11. If I had the room, or when I do have the room, I might build a rig like yours. I don’t really like how the eyes have the butterfly reflection as you called it, but it would probably be easy to add a diffuser to help with that.

  12. LOL – Not by birth. My wife points out that I tend to adopt daughters. The young lady you mentioned is from North Carolina and has made several trips to work with me – definitely one of my adopted daughters.

  13. ok, QUESTION! i found some dimmable ballest for my t8 lights online at an industrial supplier Grainger. Do you think I will run into any problems replacing my ballest for theses? model# GE432MVPS-N-V03W

  14. Wow, amazing results from an amazing setup
    I was switching from flashes to fluorescent gradually, but not i’m really convinced that I made the right choice !

  15. Your photos are great, just a quick question, do you have any examples ( using this setup ) photographing full length images. is so, can your share the shooting layout, ie: the distance of the lights from the model and what camera setting you use.

  16. I don’t have any examples Anthony as I don’t generally use the set-up for full length. That said – the lights are 48″ tall – there is no reason that you couldn’t use the full length.

    Distance from the subject is not a mandatory setting – it is no different than using a softbox or umbrella.

  17. Which T8 Phillips bulbs to purchase, Home Depot has 4 different Color Temperatures available,
    6500 K 4100 K 5000 K 3000 K ? Thanks, Looking forward to building this.

  18. Which T8 Phillips bulbs to purchase, Home Depot has 4 different Color Temperatures available,
    6500 K 4100 K 5000 K 3000 K ? Thanks, Looking forward to building this.

  19. I don’t have any examples Anthony as I don’t generally use the set-up for full length. That said – the lights are 48" tall – there is no reason that you couldn’t use the full length.

    Distance from the subject is not a mandatory setting – it is no different than using a softbox or umbrella.

  20. Your photos are great, just a quick question, do you have any examples ( using this setup ) photographing full length images. is so, can your share the shooting layout, ie: the distance of the lights from the model and what camera setting you use.

  21. Wow, amazing results from an amazing setup
    I was switching from flashes to fluorescent gradually, but not i’m really convinced that I made the right choice !

  22. ok, QUESTION! i found some dimmable ballest for my t8 lights online at an industrial supplier Grainger. Do you think I will run into any problems replacing my ballest for theses? model# GE432MVPS-N-V03W

  23. LOL – Not by birth. My wife points out that I tend to adopt daughters. The young lady you mentioned is from North Carolina and has made several trips to work with me – definitely one of my adopted daughters.

  24. If I had the room, or when I do have the room, I might build a rig like yours. I don’t really like how the eyes have the butterfly reflection as you called it, but it would probably be easy to add a diffuser to help with that.

  25. I gotta say, Joe, you are doing great work. Thanks for your very helpful tips and this wonderful tutorial on lighting. Your portraits are both creative and well shot. Great work!

  26. Thank you! I actually love LED lighting – it is cool – energy efficient and very lightweight and portable. I definitely welcome it. Like anything else that is new – it tends to be somewhat expensive at this point – but that will change as it becomes more readily available.

  27. I am not surprised. While there is no fear of that happening in the US anytime soon – I am sure eventually everything will go to LED. These fluorescent fixtures are just one of many types of light that I work with – if they ever go away – it will be time to experiment with something new.

  28. Forgot to comment that the image at 8:10 rocks! Really enjoy your work. Would be interesting to have your views on the LED technology overtaking the market for traditional lights because of environmental reasons. Its almost impossible to buy these fluorescent types of lights in my country now and in 2013 they will be officially banned over here.

  29. These lights are going out of market because they are not a legal market for them anymore. Here in Europe you cant buy light like this anymore next year, they are banned in my country and everything is going LED. How will this affect your type of lighting? 

  30. Thanks for your reply. It’s done and it’s beautiful!
    Came out a lil different than yours – I’ve mounted 2 fluorescents
    onto a wooden plate painted in black and it’s just awesome!
    Thanks again for the experience. It feels great to see learn and apply.
    Very appreciated. Keep going! 🙂

  31. Thanks for your reply. It’s done and it’s beautiful!
    Came out a lil different than yours – I’ve mounted 2 fluorescents
    onto a wooden plate painted in black and it’s just awesome!
    Thanks again for the experience. It feels great to see learn and apply.
    Very appreciated. Keep going! 🙂

  32. With the T12 fixtures – I never missed having a reflector – so I would say it is a matter of personal preference. With the T8 Fixture that I show in the Part 3 video – it has a very bright aluminum reflector that I actually painted white to tone it down. I am not sure if that fixture is available in Israel. The beauty of the fluorescent tubes is that they emit light 360 degrees so it is a very forgiving light.

  33. Hey Joe
    thanks for your teachings and inspiration.

    Actually i’m making one myself these days, and a question came up:
    the original Kino Flo lights come with a "base" and 2 barn-doors-like flaps
    that’s what i’m using for my diy one.

    Question is – do you recommend to cover my base with aluminum-foil
    (a wooden plate i’ve attached the light bulbs to) or paint it black,
    like i did with those flaps?

    Thanks again, from Tel Aviv, IL.
    Looking forward to seeng more videos from you

  34. Can the ones on the track be mobile or do they have to be in a door frame?
    I want to use the ones on a stand for a music video idea. Think they will give it a cool futuristic look.

  35. Actually electronic flash is generally 5,500 – 6,000K and Daylight is 6,500K While the difference is small – there is a difference. Electronic Flash is balanced slightly warmer than daylight.

  36. I shoot with Nikon D800’s for most of my work. My go-to lens for portraits and beauty shots is a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Usually my focal length is around 150 – 170mm. I prefer the slightly longer focal length. The two images you referenced were shot around 170mm.

  37. Actually Paul… Peter Hurley’s light is an expensive version of mine. I have been using this set-up for just over 10 years. Long before Hurley. Don’t get me wrong Hurley is great at what he does – but like me… he does nothing special photographically – his photography – like mine is very basic. Hurley is located in the largest media market in the US with the second largest saturation of actors. He is a MASTER at psychology and motivating his subjects. He is also a master at marketing.

  38. Since in smaller rooms with low ceilings one would have to deal with incredible amounts of light spill – what do you recommend the optimal height, width, and depth be of a room to have greatest control? Also, I’m sure using flags could help with this, but is there any information regarding this in mathematical terms? Thanks for your help, these videos have been very informative. I’ve subscribed!

  39. Sorry Derek – I don’t do math…. photography is not numbers – it is LIGHT – I use my eyes. My home studio (the one in the video) has a shooting space that is a 9 ft ceiling and 25 long by 13 feet wide. I have never had a problem with spill – look how close the subject is to the lights.

  40. Thank you, I was just in the store today looking to purchase some lights and really wasn’t looking forward to spending all of the money that the sales man told me it would cost. Thank you for this video,so each bulb was 40watts and their was about 4 that can fit on a fixture?

  41. I spent all last weekend watching PH videos. I learned a lot and you are 100% correct about his way of shooting. And I don’t think he would even disagree with you. But the fact is, I should have been watching your videos instead. I shot a ToastMaster’s meeting last nite at Denny’s under overhead flo’s with my popup flash and they all came out a different color. You just told me why. Now you have a new subscriber and I look forward to watching more of your videos. Great Job! Thanks.

  42. I think that portraits was one of the best I’ve ever seen! Realy great! Now I have a new inspiration. Maybe it’s a litle bit out of my possibilities, but I will try it!

  43. I LOVE this video! Well-produced, clear, detailed…so far above the average. I use strobes, but I watched this whole thing because it was so fascinating, informative, and easy to watch. Thanks, Joe!

  44. Wonderful and easy to understand video and great with explaining how its done!
    Quick question, having both the vertical lights on both sides of her face gives them sort of the „cat eye“ effect. Does this look odd or unnatural as compared to something that would be shaped rounder? Not sure if that makes sense. I am not a pro…just another Uncle Bob hobbyist. 🙂

    I would love to sit in your class and absorb all that wisdom! 🙂

  45. Thank you for the kind words Joshy! I talk about this a lot in my lectures and workshops. The ONLY people who have ever commented or asked about the catchlights are people like YOU! Other photographers. I have NEVER had a subject look at a photo and say – „Hey, is it ok that I have those catchlights in my eyes?“ – „Beauty is in the eye of the beholder“, There are NO RULES in creativity – the answer is…. If YOU like it and your SUBJECT likes it… then it’s AWESOME!

  46. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this. Many. Also Part3 of the 2
    Part series. I need to build this My space is so small it will have to be
    on stands. Now there T5 fixtures available. Even more expensive than the
    T-8. Thanks for this one (and all your video’s). I’m going to try an attend
    one of your seminars (the 2 day). Maybe I’ll suck less. 🙂 my website:
    headshots,chet0318.com. I really could use this lighting style! Again
    Thanks!

  47. This is a really great video on lighting using DIY sets of fluorescent
    lights and how they can be set up to achieve studio-quality lighting and
    produce beautiful portrait photos.

  48. hey joe! thanks for posting. this info is invaluable. about the flicker;
    if you wanted to shoot at a higher shutter speed couldnt you just throw
    something in front of the fluorescent rig (some type of custom diffusing
    sock) to shoot through? the light bouncing around the diffuser should tame
    the flickering? no??

  49. Hi thank you for the helpful tip for shooting zombies, if you have anymore
    that would be wonderful, particularly any that will stop them from gnawing
    my arm! 😉 Great video though, hopefully one day I’ll be able to make a few
    and get creative!

  50. Thank you Mr. Edelman. I now know why I was getting „green“ pictures.
    I like your DIY light set up. Thanks for the ideas. I was wondering if you
    had thought about replacing the fluorescent lights with LEDs?

  51. I am getting 6 double fluorescent lights there spaced a bit further
    apart…. But they are cheap… So I will try to work with them. I don’t
    have a light for the white backdrop do I need it… I would like the white
    backdrop to be bright…. Should I get two singles for the backdrop to make
    it whiter or do u have any ideas… I am kinda new to this…

  52. Hi Joe, thank you so much for sharing. I have a question and really
    appreciate your help. I’m just wondering if this light setup works with
    full length portrait or a group shot? Do I need more power if I want to
    shoot more than just the face? What about green screen lighting using 4
    lights setup, will it work?

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