Some questions and a crazy idea for continuous lighting film portraits

Started Jan 22, 2014 | Questions thread
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dsiglin Regular Member • Posts: 286
Some questions and a crazy idea for continuous lighting film portraits

First my main question:

I've become comfortable using speedlights for digital portraits, but I do not even want to think about using them for film portraits, for a variety of reasons. Is my only option for mobile continuous lighting going to be an expensive mobile AC power pack?

Second my crazy idea:

After reading this thread about these bulbs and their fairly good spectrum I thought perhaps it would be possible to build something like this and power it from batteries much like those LED banks you see for video use. Or perhaps use one of these instead of the bulb. Since that puts out a lot of light and comes with its own battery pack.

The idea being to diffuse the light through semi opaque plexiglass creating a evenly glowing panel. I have some experience making similar panels for computer case lighting but there are more variables to account for with portrait lighting.


Perhaps a car battery and an inverter like this 1000W one to drive those bulbs or CFL?

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