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Old 08-06-2011, 01:39 AM
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While at Roger's studio several weeks back I got a close look at one of Paul-Marcel's secret weapons in video and photography, his "soft box" lighting set up. I knew right away that I had to have one.

They've been back ordered for a while, but I finally got mine yesterday. Ironically, the importer for RPS Studio equipment is located in Chatsworth, CA, just a few blocks from my shop.

Move over, Paul-Marcel, there's a new "video pro" in town.





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Old 08-06-2011, 02:01 AM
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Cool, John. Can you describe what's in them in more detail?

What videos are you going to make?

And do they require electricity?
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That softbox recommendation came from... Laurie, who has helped me a lot with fixing my videos

Very light (sic), easy to move and place, easy to height adjust, and the lighting is great. At first I'd still get some hot spots of light on the videos, but now know better where to put them. Sometimes I don't get zebra stripes on the camera display though there's a glare spot. Most recent video, though, seemed well lit without the softboxes and it was miserably hot in there: 97F with no movement. I got lazy. Now that I watch the video, it's obvious I didn't use them as the lighting and exposure is all jacked up.

My neighbors who see the camera and lights all ask if I'm shooting porn. I just smile and walk away.
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Cool, John. Can you describe what's in them in more detail?

What videos are you going to make?

And do they require electricity?
Yes, I believe there needs to be some electricity involved.

It also just occurred to me that I may also need some kind of video camera.

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... My neighbors who see the camera and lights all ask if I'm shooting porn. I just smile and walk away.
I believe it's called "tool porn".

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I believe it's called "tool porn".

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Oh, nice one. Yup, I could say that (not as much as you, but still).

Maybe my next video should feature Harbor Freight tools... see who's into the cheap n dirty tool porn.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:58 PM
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Maybe my next video should feature Harbor Freight tools... see who's into the cheap n dirty tool porn.
I actually have quite a Harbor Freight collection, all of them being jacks or hoists.

I don't know why, I just feel more comfortable lifting things over my head when I know they're supported by something from Harbor Freight.

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Congrats on the light kit, John - I think you'll like it!
Lots of "daylight" color light, and it stays cool enough to photograph chocolate.
(literally for hours)

By the way, not only are the LIGHTS great, have you noticed how well constructed the bag is?
That thing is AMAZING.

Enjoy!

Thanks, Laurie.

As I watched Paul-Marcel setting these up, my first impression was that they were kind of flimsy. But after seeing them in action I was very impressed.

They unfold from a tight lightweight little package into large fairly sturdy lights that really do throw of a lot of light, And they don't get hot.

And yes, the bag is great!

Even with my limited experience in photography I know that two important factors in getting good shots are good lighting, and a solid tripod whenever possible.

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I actually have quite a Harbor Freight collection, all of them being jacks or hoists.

I don't know why, I just feel more comfortable lifting things over my head when I know they're supported by something from Harbor Freight.

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Yes, I believe there needs to be some electricity involved.

It also just occurred to me that I may also need some kind of video camera.

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