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FOBricated Bar Light

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 9:24 AM

I needed a bar light for a sports/fitness photoshoot I'm doing for a couple folks in the shop who want to highlight their "gains" from this deployment.

However, youtube tells me that in order to really highlight muscle definition you need really directional light. Ideally a bar light because you also need your directional light to be diffuse. (Oxymoron, but there it is.)

Obviously I don't have a bar light over here, so I made one out of some cardboard, some tinfoil, and a couple AAFES bags.

The second photo is taken with it in ambient daytime light with a very small aperture.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out.

Bar Light by swiftmoonphoto     Gates2 by swiftmoonphoto

robpolder Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
missing out the eternal duct tape? looking at your shots, the quality of light is better than the quality of your light (oxymoron??). cheers, rob
swiftmoonphoto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer

Honestly I think the difference in what you cobble together out of garbage in your garage and pro lighting is durability, adjustability, and portability.  If you know what you're doing, or have watched enough Youtube to think you know what you're doing, the quality of light is much the same, (after you tinker with angles and distances while your poor models hold weights up in the air).

But yeah, durability is the main thing.  My softbox and reflector have sort of decomposed back into their component parts already.
robpolder Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
good thing is you can put them together again, and next time even better. ciao rob
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