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  1. #1
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    lighting techniques for close ups

    What do peole use for lighting close up shots? I need to get a diffusion of light, and the light needs to be as close to daylight as possible in terms of colour. I don't have very much money to spend though, so I can't afford pro lamps or anything.

    Anyone able to help?

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    I have a lamp with 3 heads and they are attached to the base with 2 feet of flexible metal tubing. I use the GE Reveal 75 Watt bulbs.
    The flexible tubes allow me to position them as I see fit and the light allows my camera to capture actual colors.
    This however was my method, I used what I had laying around and did not need any expensive equipment.
    Good luck.

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    Personally I don't actually have any lighting, but I know that Ritz photo has some lights for sale. I am guessing that they are photo lights, but I have done no research on them, so they could just be regular lights. The link is below, they are a little over $105.00

    http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs...ductId=4111901

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    Inexpensive lighting

    I use GE reveal bulbs and full-spectrum daylight flourescents!

    How close are you going to get? What are you shooting?

    I specialize in TEEEEEEENY stuff and prefer the cooler flourescent tubes so they don't melt things!

    Here is a sample;


  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoise
    What do peole use for lighting close up shots? I need to get a diffusion of light, and the light needs to be as close to daylight as possible in terms of colour. I don't have very much money to spend though, so I can't afford pro lamps or anything.

    Anyone able to help?
    Get a catalog from B&H Photo and look at their light tents. These are designed to produce a diffuse light for macro photography. Use one outdoors, and you will get daylight color.

    PhilR.

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    I like the coin sample, thanks. I am very interested in macro photography also. Thanks for the tips on lighting.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoise
    What do peole use for lighting close up shots? I need to get a diffusion of light, and the light needs to be as close to daylight as possible in terms of colour. I don't have very much money to spend though, so I can't afford pro lamps or anything.

    Anyone able to help?
    The Ritz lighting kits mentioned by Ktixx work very well, and it's almost a cheap as kluging it together. I only do portraits 4 or 5 times a year and find these lighting kits very handy even to supplement natural light.

    For macro shots you might try a diffusor made out of an old gallon milk jug with the bottom cut out to prefered length, and lights set up indirectly. I've tried this a few times and it worked great.
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