Playing With Shop Lights

Here’s one I shot yesterday. I was just playing with your standard clamp lights used in garage.  I had one clamped on the boom above her and my assistant was holding the other one as the main light. This alternative lighting stuff is a lot of fun.
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Technical Stuff:
Canon 5D Mark II with 85mm lens
Exposure: ISO 1250 1/250 sec @ f3.2
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One last thing, it is very important to create a custom white balance when using these type of light sources.
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Here’s a pullback of the setup from the above image.
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7 thoughts on “Playing With Shop Lights

  1. Mike, I really love the metal background and the fact that you used standard clamp lights that most people already own. Love it!!! Also you mentioned that you created your own custom white balance. I have never done that. Can you give some tips or a tutorial on the process of creating your own custom white balance. Thanks!

  2. I see the clamp lights but what type of bulb and the watt and is that a flash I see in the pull back picture….. Can you do this with kits lens also and if so why don’t people post a video using this type of lighting using the kit lens and then all new camera owners can see how to do it with what they by to start off with

    Thank you

    • Sorry I never replied to you… but I never saw the message. I was having a lot of technical challenges with my old blog… anyway, I just updated my blog (life is good again in blog world) and I was notified me of your message.

      This was a standard 60 watt household bulb. While you can do it with a standard kit lens, a faster lens makes life easier. With a slower lens you just need to increase your ISO until you can reach a workable aperture. Camera manufactures probably don’t endorse it since it’s not the ideal situation… I was just showing something cool you can do… it’s also a lot of fun.

  3. Sorry I never replied to you… but I never saw the message. I was having a lot of technical challenges with my old blog… anyway, I just updated my blog (life is good again in blog world) and I was notified me of your message.

    This was a standard 60 watt household bulb. While you can do it with a standard kit lens, a faster lens makes life easier. With a slower lens you just need to increase your ISO until you can reach a workable aperture. Camera manufactures probably don’t endorse it since it’s not the ideal situation… I was just showing something cool you can do… it’s also a lot of fun.