Looking for lighting kit or individual lights

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mismail
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Hi,

Can any members point me to reliable stores where i can buy a cheap {im a student} lighting kit or individual lights, mainly used for interviews in documentarys. Or any members selling any individual lights or gear

Thanks

DAVE M
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for very cheap lights try B&Q work lights.

They're fine if you're just bouncing off the ceiling.

mismail
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any in particular you have used? could i also use these lights directly on a greenscreen?

DAVE M
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I think the set I've used were from Screwfix (the "pro" arm of B&Q)

Light is light - you're just after flooding the scene so yes it should work with greenscreen.

The only problem you'll have is the lack of barndoors. You can make up flags to compensate for that.

The lights I have for my greenscreen are old Rank Strand Pett 49s.they are huge but there's no difference between them and a cheap set of floods.

Make sure that you don't get spillage from light bouncing off the screen onto the subject.

Wisz
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We have also used work floods with satisfactory results.

But they all come with a safety grill which you will need to remove, unless you like funny lines on your subject.

Richard
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mismail
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Thanks for the responses, what about barn doors any suggestions on how to make some?
Also any suggestions on how to reduce the power of the light?

DAVE M
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there are various options -

1. fit lower power lamps.
2. Inverse square law - double the distance between the subject and you'll get 1/4 of the light.
3. Turn the lamps around and bounce them off a soft surface like polystyrene board
4. shoot through somthing like a silk to get the same effect.

Barndoors are harder but piano hinge and pop rivets with sheets of alli bought from B&Q should do it.

As with all lighting - be careful of fire, stands falling over and burning yourself/others/the set.

Buy a pair of riggers gloves 9garden gloves will do - not plastic - leather & canvas

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HallmarkProductions
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Wisz wrote:
But they all come with a safety grill which you will need to remove, unless you like funny lines on your subject.

Sounds like a free "gobo" to me! :-)

Chris
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HallmarkProductions
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DAVE M wrote:
Light is light - you're just after flooding the scene so yes it should work with greenscreen.

Make sure that you don't get spillage from light bouncing off the screen onto the subject.

Not quite true - some lights give an uneven distribution of light - and "hot spots" can be a problem. With green screening it is also important to separate your subject from the background.

Chris
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