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piowoc Registered since 06th Aug 2007Fri 21-Dec-12 09:19 PM
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"Cyclorama lighting"

St. Louis, US


I am planning my new studio, which will include cyclorama (infinity wall) painted white, constructed in a corner between two walls about 20x20 feet wide and 12 feet high. My dilemma is how to light it properly to be able to use it both for photography (pure white background) and for video production (flicker free lighting).
My first thought was to invest in some high output dimmable LED lights like this one:
and some RF dimmer for them, like this one:
They would be used for lighting the cyclorama wall only, and not for lighting my subjects. Their big advantage would be that they are relatively inexpensive, flicker free, so can be used for both still photography (as background lights only) and video production. Their output is pretty high, so I wouldn't need many of them for my 400 sq feet corner cyc. The main disadvantages I see are:
- I wouldn't be able to use filters on the LED lights, or it would be pretty problematic,
- I wouldn't be able to control my background lights from the same remote I use for the subject lighting. In other words I would need at least 2 remote commanders, one for the background lights and another one for my subject.

For still photography I normally use Paul Buff Einstein E640 lights:
and their RF remote, which allow me to control all settings of each individual light (up to 16):

So, my second though was to just purchase more Einstein E640 lights and use them for lighting the cyclorama. The main advantage of using Einsteins instead of LED lights would be that I would be able to control ALL my lights from a single commander, which by the way works very well and has a great range. Another advantage would be that I could use gels on my Einsteins used to light the background, which means I can have any color of the background I want with pretty limited efforts. Einsteins would be far from perfect for video production though, because all I could use are their 250W modelling lights. Another disadvantage would be the cost of course, because Einsteins are about 40% more expensive than the LED lights I considered.

I mostly do still photography, but i would like to build my new studio the way that I could be used for both stills and video production.

So, is anybody out there, who could give me some advice as far as which way to go?

Your replies will be appreciated.



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