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Window light + Metal Halide Lamp = Sweet

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:26AM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , | Comments7 Comments | References2 References

Here is another image from my shoot for a company publishing personal books. I wanted to use the nice natural light coming through the window. The problem was it wasn't giving me enough punch, so I added 1 Cameron Digital Imager Metal Hilide 800 lamp with an 18x18 inch softbox. It has a 5200K bulb in it so it worked great mixed in with the daylight (The final image is edited warm for a cozy feeling) The beauty of a lamp like this which is a continues light is "that what you see is what you get" which is missing with flash photography. I use this lamp sometimes also just to make the window light broader, to wrap around a person. I got this lamp from a Canadian company called Booth Photographic Ltd. here is a link to the lamp and company. Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with a 70-200mm f 2.8. Shot at 400 ISO, f.5.0 and 1/125 sec at 110mm.

PS. New dates for local Photographing People Classes posted.

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Reader Comments (7)

oh!! Really nice post , I purchased a metal halide lamp. I purchased a ballast for it as well. The lamp is 400 watts. I am wondering if a high pressure sodium lamp would work with it as well.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPortrait photography

Thank you for "no secrets" :) wonderful

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica with MoltoBella

The light combination is inviting and lovely, soft and pink!

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjacy joypals

The setup shots are very helpful! Always love learning from you Kenneth.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Very cute photograph. I am very interested in taking photos.Thanks for your blog.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphotography

Wow! Wonderful! I love the concept of a mother and daughter tandem. It is so inspiring.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHRMom @ bigjobsboard

That is a beautiful shot! Do you use a polarized lens filter?

In case anybody is interested, we have the metal halide bulbs available in our store. The lamp in this photo uses a 150 watt. One thing to know is that you can't just plug a MH into a standard outlet. It needs a ballast and average lamps don't have a ballast.

High wattage CFL's, however, are self-ballasted and can be screwed into normal lamps. Cost cutters or amateur photographers could just hang a white sheet in front of the lamp to diffuse the light without creating the heat. You might want to try this bulb out for equivalent light to the 150w MH without needing to purchase a special lamp:
CFL 50W 5500K

However, professional photography lamps are perfect and designed for exactly one purpose, great scene lighting. If anyone does have a nice photo lamp and needs replacement bulbs please support out store
Replacement Metal Halide Bulbs

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPlanet Bulb

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