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Question - Softening torch light

Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by zombizza, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. zombizza

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    Hi
    Just wondered what people do to soften their torch spotlight.
    My pics have a horrendous big circle of light appearance. I guess there are some ways (probably obvious) to diffuse the edges out a bit. I'm yet to get a good shot in total darkness. (my torch is a cree thingy by the way)
    cheers
     

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  2. Nickindroy

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    Waggle it about like a madman mate.
     
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  3. zombizza

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    ok, i spose thats an option. I always find that upsets the shadows a lot though. ie as you move it around the shadows will shift, and so you dont get clear cut shadows, if that makes sense. And then if you spend a bit more time shining in a couple of areas, you get double shadow effect.I might try making some sort of diffuser to put on the torch. Just to soften it a bit.
     
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    Move the torch about. You might need to close the aperture and increase the exposure if you're lighting a larger area.
     
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    I always try and allow an extra 5 seconds of no light to bring the shadows back in, nice and soft they'll be as well.
     
  6. zombizza

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    ok, perhaps the best bet is for me to have a play in my bedroom ;) better than me leaving it til the heat of the moment in a great location
    cheers for the tips
     
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    There's various things to try. You can light the ceiling above you on a longer exposure, or use the torch on low power. These will all make a difference of some description to the picture.
     
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    I tend to do some waggling and then light up the ceiling for a bit to get some nice shadows and even coverage.
     
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    Same here.
     
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