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Lighting a small office video green screen studio

I work at a small company that wants to get into producing short video clips. I have been asked to figure out a basic lighting setup for filming individual people talking to the camera in front of a green screen. What do I need to know about video lighting? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on May 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Have ceiling fan, need small CFLs!

Just purchased a ceiling fan that allows for 2 60W lightbulbs with a candelabra base in a closed glass dome. Need something brighter as this will be the only light source in the room. Having trouble finding small CFLs or LEDs with a candelabra base in 18W (equivalent 75W incandescent) or higher that will fit in the dome. Any ideas on where to find these kind of bulbs, or if they even exist? If not, any other ideas on how to keep the fan and to safely add some wattage? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Mar 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Carport light solution for unoccupied house

This house is unoccupied at this time, need carport light to come on a dusk and off at dawn. Bought one of those light bulb sockets at Wal-Mart and it worked good the first month. Now it stays on all the time. Have tried moving the photo eye around with no improvement. Any suggestions that does not involve wiring would be helpful. I was thinking about the timer light socket but read many bad reviews about those too (not working correctly).
posted by just asking on Feb 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How's it hanging?

I want to hang a fluorescent strip light above my workbench. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Feb 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Octopus ceiling fixture?

I'm looking for a ceiling light fixture for my kitchen that has 5 or 6 (or more) cords coming from a central plate, each terminating in a light socket. The cords are long, say 6-8 feet, so that downlights can be hung as desired around the room. I could probably custom fabricate this whole setup myself, but it would be great not to have to. Have you seen anything that looks like what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Jan 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Is there such a thing as a lantern-style electric lamp?

I have a very tall cabinet in the corner of my living room. I'd love to put lighting on the top of the cabinet, and I like the idea of having a few lanterns like this or this up there. But, it's too tall to be messing with candles in there, and I'd want to use this regularly- it would be a lot better if I could have something that plugged in. I have exhausted all my Google skills on this one, but it seems improbably that it really doesn't exist! Can anyone tell me, have you ever seen or heard of one of these, or alternate search terms I could try? Or, do you have any similar ideas for lighting up the dark corner that wouldn't look weird perched on top of a cabinet?
posted by coupdefoudre on Jan 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Monorail track lighting troubleshooting

My monorail track lighting stopped working. All of the lamps work if I push a little on one of the lampshades (making better contact with the track or something?) but only for as long as I'm pushing. I have already tried removing all the lamps from the railing, cleaning the railing and the contacts of the lamps, and making sure they are all screwed on as tightly as possible, as well as making sure the thingees that hold up the track are all screwed in as tightly as possible also. What should I be trying next? Thank you!
posted by karbonokapi on Dec 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Your favorite monolight.

I'm in the market for some monolights. I'm leaning towards Alien Bees, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm looking to hear of your positive or negative experiences with both them as well as anything you might suggest, as well as what mix of heads would work best for me. At the moment, I'm thinking two B800s and a B1600 (two 320w and one 640w) (or equivalent from another manufacturer) would be a good start. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me un-SAD my bathroom

I recently moved. The only light in my bathroom is from five of these bulbs (with the smaller bases -- I don't know exactly what they're called) over the medicine cabinet. I'm wondering if there are nice, bright, LED (full spectrum?) SAD-fightin' bulbs, ideally with warm white light, that I could screw in in their place. Any additional brightness would be welcome to help my brain as I get ready for the day and the year gets darker (I have to get up very early for work). Thanks very much!
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Please help me identify this globe cluster chandelier

I'm trying to replace this lighting fixture and need a match. [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me improve my new apartment's dismal lighting situation

My recently purchased 1000 sq ft one bedroom apartment has terrible lighting, and I have no experience retrofitting lighting. What are the best resources for learning about lighting? Where can I buy decent light installations without breaking the bank? If I have a limited budget, what should be my priorities? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Sep 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Light Fixture Wiring?!

I bought a light fixture yesterday at Ikea and I was all like YEAH THIS IS GOING TO BE SO EASY. Ha. Can you help me not die? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me make my new office better/more efficient?

Work just moved me into my own office space and I would like suggestions on anything either technological or not to improve my workspace- apparently this is a good time to ask the business office for additional things. [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for a solar lit acrylic, plastic, whatever sheet

I bought a number address plaque from Etsy and I love it. However, the wall it is mounted to is blue, and consequently it is pretty difficult to read the sign from the street. I'd love to mount something behind it to solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jul 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Which glass light fixture cover do I need to replace a missing one?

I am looking for a rounded translucent glass cover for an indoor overhead fixture and have struck out so far - it may be a non-standard design. Basically it is a dome-shaped, flat-based, non-threaded cover that has two slots into which two tabs on the base fit and it secures in place with a quarter-turn. You can see photos of the base and of an identical cover in this gallery. Are there terms of art I need to use in my search for compatible covers? Thanks!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jul 13, 2013 - 5 answers

I want to go back to school for Medicine. I'm 35.

I can't find a job in my industry now for four months, which has pushed me to limits of madness. I am kind of tired of my chosen industry, and I have been considering going back to school to utilize my skills as a Lighting expert to get a degree in Optometry. I have a wife who can work, but her training is Canadian and her monthly tops off at around $1500. Is it possible to go back to school for 4 years and live as a 35 year old? Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by Snell's Constant on Jul 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Outdoor lights got wet -- now what?

I have these strings of tiki lights in my backyard and they got wet! [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 26, 2013 - 3 answers

When should I buy LED light bulbs?

Dimmable LED light bulbs seem more economical than halogens. But they're really expensive. Will they quickly come down in price, so I should wait? Or will they come down slowly, so I might as well start saving? Also, how good is the dimming? I tried dimmable CFL's, but they don't seem to dim past 50%.
posted by musofire on May 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Inexpensive desk lamp with adjustable brightness?

I'm looking for a nice, inexpensive task lamp to put on my desk at work. It should have adjustable brightness (low/high is fine) so that I can have either a little or a lot of light, as required. Free-standing, not clamp-on. $30 or less would be ideal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Why did this light go off with a bang and a spark?

We had lots of wiring replaced recently, including two lamps connected to a dimmer switch; the dimmer was also replaced. Yesterday we noticed that the dimmer was now only allowing fully on or off. Today the light went off with a loud popping sound and a visible spark from one of the lamps, though both bulbs themselves work fine. What happened and how do I fix it? Is it likely just a faulty dimmer switch? Do I need to turn off the circuit (which has many other lights on it) as a precaution?
posted by parudox on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Please help me light up my life.

I have converted the top half of our hall closet into a little standing dressing area that holds my jewelry box and mementos. There is a mirror over my jewelry box on the back wall of the space. How do I light it? [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Feb 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Virgin Sacrifices Optional

I have a lava rock fireplace. Let's make it erupt! [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Favorite Gel Color Combos

I'm designing a show this week (Iolanthe) which is far from my first lighting design, but I've never really gotten to experiment much with different gel color combinations. Which are your favorite combos (front, fill, back, side, etc.) for different set-ups. I'm looking for both the classic standards and less common combinations you've come across and enjoyed. I'm going to have a bit of free reign with this, so I'm curious to see what new (to me) things I might want to try. Rosco colors preferred.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I get a SAD therapy light that is visually appealing?

Most SAD therapy lights are somewhere between utilitarian and ugly in terms of design. I want one that is beautiful, such that you could actually design a room around it. I think I would probably need to have it custom made, but I don't even know what sort of person I would begin trying to talk to. Let's ignore the question of cost for the time being, where would I find a person with the requisite skills (lighting, electrical, design, etc...) to build this for me?
posted by mmmmbobo on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Improving webex experience

I'm looking for tips and recommendations to improve the audio/video quality of online meetings. We already have good connections/machines for online meetings - but as I'm doing more and more of those, I'd like to specifically improve experience of everyone - especially for sound & video. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on Jan 21, 2013 - 8 answers

What equipment can I use for a food photography setup in low light?

What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jan 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Why is my light buzzing?

Last week my boyfriend replaced the wall mounted sconces in our living room. Today one of them is buzzing intermittently - it sounds sort of like it has a fly caught in it. There is no fly in it. I have taken out the light bulb. I have flipped the switch in the fuse box in the basement that powers this light. It is still doing it and it is freaking me out! Any idea what is going on and if it could be dangerous? I will be out for a few hours tonight and then will be alone in the house till very late and would rather not have a fire start in my living room wall. [more inside]
posted by Sabby on Dec 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Finding a pendant lamp that won't break my bank

Where can I find an affordable, attractive, globe-ish pendant lamp? Like this one, but under a gazillion dollars. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Nov 29, 2012 - 6 answers

What are your favorite lamps that you have used to do work under? What light bulbs do you recommend for these lamps?

What is the best way to outfit an office in an apartment with quality lighting for studying? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Nov 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I dim these lights?

How can I dim these lights? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Oct 26, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I make a lamp brighter?

I bought a great looking lamp for my nightstand. But the max (60 watts) isn't nearly bright enough. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Oct 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Bringing lamps to the lightless

Potentially-nonexistent-product-filter: Is there such a thing as a light system that emulates dawn-to-dusk daylight? Something that brightens and dims relatively closely following actual sunlight? [more inside]
posted by erst on Oct 15, 2012 - 11 answers

What do I need for indoor Macro photography that I don't already have?

Help me find the basics for indoor macro photography. I have a DSLR and Macro lens. I need cheap lighting and a set. Preferably small or easily storable when not in use. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Sep 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this thing going to kill me?

I want to get a voltmeter. I think that is what it's called. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

This chandelier is too orange!

My friend got this hanging bronze chandelier. In the online catalog, it looked the pretty much the same lit up (it is now not available). But once delivered and installed it lights up very orange... [more inside]
posted by maya on Aug 3, 2012 - 8 answers

What is best setup for Thunnderbird+Lighting sync?

I want to organize all my email+calendar+tasks On & Off line. What is best setup for Thunderbird+Lighting+Gmail+Google Calendar sync? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Jul 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Par Can Desk Light?

Where can I find something similar to a mini par can to light the back of my desk? [more inside]
posted by the artless dodger on Jul 6, 2012 - 13 answers

I would like to use LED lighting in my apartment and be able to change colors and brightness. how do I go about that?

I would like to use LED lighting in my apartment and be able to change colors and brightness. how do I go about that? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Aperture vs. Shutter Priority

Under what lighting and landscape conditions are aperture priority vs. shutter priority more appropriate for capturing motion in water? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Some questions about lighting, indoors and out

Dim bulb regarding electricity seeks illumination. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Identify this hanging pendant lamp!

Please help me identify this hanging pendant lamp. [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on May 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me turn a toaster into a lamp

I have an odd fascination with lighting. I want to learn how to rewire various consumer electronics into functioning lamps without electrocuting myself and/or burning down my apartment building. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

I need illuminating ideas to light up my garage!

Help me light up my garage. What are the best options for light output, cost, and power efficiency to illuminate a large space? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 9, 2012 - 23 answers

How to aim a spotlight in the dark

I'm putting together a presentation at a conference, and want to use a trick where a spotlight, after spinning seemingly randomly for a few minutes, will stop on cue at a particular point in an otherwise dark room. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Good balance between monitor and office brightness?

In a typical office setting, how bright should a computer monitor be compared to the ambient/overhead/room lighting? How would one measure this and is there some chart or some guidelines for a good balance/ratio? [more inside]
posted by querty on Mar 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Filter that makes laser beam visible?

Are there types of laser light, color or wavelength, whole beam can be seen in daylight conditions with a special eyeglass filter? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Mar 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Just look nice please, photos

Re-asking my 2008 question about photographing textiles, now with DSLR and examples. [more inside]
posted by doift on Mar 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me decide on the right iphone video strategy for my event

I want to use my iPhone 4s to film a 15-30 minute event, indoors, just three people talking, dark-ish lighting. It doesn’t have to be perfect – this is for personal use, not commercial. What’s the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Feb 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Spotlight on my ignorance!

Can you explain to me how the lighting works for your average touring rock club show? Two specific examples for you to consider inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 20, 2012 - 10 answers

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