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An unusual take on the ring flash.

hobbo Plus
5 970 2 England
20 Mar 2012 11:34AM
I have just been talking to a long retired draughtsman who worked on the development of new vehicles.

He told me of the works photographer who had a very unusual and ingenious take on the normal ring flash.

He would set a shot up to the point of clicking the shutter, then he would start a high wattage lamp swinging in wide circles above and around the subject; apparently it results in a completely shadow free photograph.

I love lateral thinking.


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JackAllTog Plus
7 4.5k 58 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 12:37PM
Smile Yes what i great idea - light painting with a giant bulb.
Did he mention reflections at all?
chuckdee 4 14
28 Mar 2012 9:52PM
Any samples?
User_Removed 6 4.6k 1 Scotland
31 Mar 2012 2:57PM
Now.... Let's see.

At a shutter speed of, say, 1/125th of a second, what radial speed would the lamp need to swing at to get a complete revolution?

Or, conversely, how far away would the lamp need to be to avoid over-exposure at ISO 100 and an aperture of f/22 if a sufficiently slow shutter speed was employed?

ND filters?

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