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Hello everybody this is Dave Dugdale from LearningDSLRVideo.com and today I am honored to do a guest post for Learn My Shot. I need to learn a lot more about lighting so I decided to try and replicate one of Robert’s tutorials and in the process show the difference between a normal clamp light and halogen work lights that I am using to light this video. The tutorial I am trying to replicate is on Shiny Reflective Objects where Robert shoots some flatware so let’s go to my studio and see how I do.
Here my flatware is not exactly like Robert’s but it is pretty reflective so it should work. We already know from Roberts example that we will need some diffusion so I purchased the exact same paper that Robert uses and I will stretch it out over the flatware all the way from the camera to the back the desk. So looking at my camera settings. I am in aperture priority like Robert’s tutorial so we set the aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed. The lens I am using is not as wide as Robert’s but it should get us close. It is the 28-135 set on 28mm and on manual focus.
We are setting the ISO on my Canon T2i to 100 for the lowest noise. Our f-stop is set at 22 and I am using evaluative metering and the shutter will be long. And here is my first try with the clamp light with 150 watts, that looks pretty good but lets see how it looks like when I use the halogen work light. The halogen is 250 watts so I am guessing the shutter speed is going to decrease.
Well to be honest I am not noticing a big difference at all. But the one with clamp lamp looks a little better to me, I am not sure why?
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i 18MP
Lens: Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Diffusion Paper: Vellum H1000 Roll 36in X 5 Yards
Lights: Clamp Lamp Vs.Halogen Work Light
Give it a try, like Dave did, experiment a bit, and share your results! (use share your shot link in comments box)
Why do you two different light sources produced a similar result? What type of lights do you use?