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Warcom Cyclorama/Studio [Worklog]

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Paul Warren, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. mac_man_luke

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    Those stairs could be quite convenient!
     
  2. Greg66

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    Well, the lightbank was quite a big job, and I'm glad it's over:) The monster measures 6m x 3m and weighs about 40kg!
    It's well worth it though, we've suspended it on four points (one at each corner) and through a simple pulley system it is tilt and height adjustable.
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    2 x 500W Elinchrome mono lights provide plenty of light, and with a Skyport I can remotely control the strength, as well as trigger the lights.

    So far so good:)
     
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  3. bubblegoose

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    I hate you so much! :lol: Top stuff mate
     
  4. Sir Ghallahad

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    Holy balls that is amazing haha :thumbup:
     
  5. Greg66

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    Thanks guys:) A lot of work. Took us over 2 months, this is all while doing our normal work. I almost can't believe it's ready to use now!

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    What lights/strobes are you using in the large overhead softbox?
     
  7. Deftone2k

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    Awesome work Greg :)

    Cant wait to see all the results.
     
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    How do you keep it that clean/white? Looks like it could be a massive pain.

    Top work so far though, jealous!
     
  9. Deftone2k

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    Essentially you would just have to repaint every so often from what I understand (moreso the floor than anything else) and use something like a washable/wearable/durable paint?.. nothing should be touching the walls.
     
  10. bubblegoose

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    Yeah from what I have seen with other cycloramas (those linked on the first page) if you hire them out, you can actually pay to get them painted a different colour, and then back to the white. So it can't be too much of a pain if they offer that service.
     
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    Looks great! Although every time I see one of these I wonder how long it will be before someone puts their foot through the curve doing something silly :)

    (because I've seen it done once or twice ;)
     
  12. xishnik

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    That looks GREAT!!!!!

    So are you renting it out? :Pirate:
     
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    That looks really good - nice work!

    Work on ours has ground to a halt..

    Mostly because the spare space we had in our warehouse, has now been used. :thumbdn:

    We decided to drop the cyclorama idea, and just keep it as an infinity background.

    I might get Alex to go and paint it anyway!

    If we ever need to use a cyc, we'll go use Peter Coulsons.
     
  14. Greg66

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    I've installed 2 x 500W Elinchrom strobes, each with a 150W modelling light. They're controlled via a Skyport so I can adjust the power remotely. A similar 2 x 600W strobe kit on the floor matches it almost perfectly for most uses.

    I'm getting a slight hotspot in on the edge of the lightbank so I'll have to play with the angle of the light a bit to smooth it out.

    Paint, paint, paint and paint *LOL*
    Because I work with cars a lot I've invested in a set of wheel jacks, which are these handly littly things you put under the car's wheels, pump them up, which lifts the car off the ground. You can then slide the car around the cyclorama floor on the wheel jack's tiny castor wheels.

    I've taped the castor wheel over with a white masking tape, so the markings on the floor are very small. Still need to be painted over but a much much smaller job than if the car was driven onto the floor. Tyre marks just kill the white paint - it needs at least two coats to cover them!!! I know, I've done it hehehe....

    Yeah, that's the idea. It'll be pretty much 50% hire, 50% my use.
    We've looked at harder wearing paints but the problem with those is they are oil-based and therefore tend to be more glossy, which sucks because you start getting reflections. You really need a flatt/matt paint to get the right effect out of a cyclorama. The drawback of it is these paints are water-based, and not really washable:(

    If anyone out there knows of a paint that's matt and oil-based or washable I'd like to know:)
     
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  15. bubblegoose

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    what about something like this ? says its Matt white acrylic. :thumbup:
     
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    Looks like it could work, I'll get a sample and try it:)
     
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    Not sure whether there are different grades of "matt" but the one I've tried was a tad too reflective, so I'm back to using the water-based "flat" ceiling paint and repainting the floor after each shoot.

    Okay, some results from the cyclorama. Please note these are raw images which will need to be touched up so don't all go pointing out the reflections in the car *LOL*

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    I'll post the final image (as it's going to be used in an ad) when it's done:)
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    All together now... car and a girl:) We've used 6 floor lights plus the top soft box to light them both.

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  19. Aratama_Bashi

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    fan-bloody-tastic shots! this car makes me very happy :D

    though....

    does anybody else find, in the second image, the donk sticking out of the bonnet looks a bit too much like wall.e?! :Paranoid:
     
  20. Greg66

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    Hehe... it actually does a bit:) It would be really freaky if the girl's name was Eve!!!
     

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