A real photographer would probably have better advice for you
but I can guess that your lights are not diffused (softened by
material/film). Having reflective curtains helps some with back
lighting and a top helps control ambient lighting.
I use clamp lights in my booth too. I use three 10 inch lamp
heads with 2 100 watt equivalent cfl bulbs in each head. I place
one lamp head in the center above my monitor and webcam and the
other two in the left and right corners of my booth. This helps to
spread the light across the width of my booth instead of just
having one light source in the center. The truth is that even with
the 6 100 watt bulbs in my booth it is still under-lit. I also have
to go into my preference settings for my webcam (MS LifeCam Cinema)
and manually adjust the exposure/brightness/contrast and focus.
The big difference with my booth and most others is that I use
white walls as well as a white background. White tends to bounce
the lights I have set up around even more than black walls. Black
tends to absorb the light.
Thanks for emailing me back. Do you have a cover over your booth or is it just opened? Also, you said you put the light clamps on the left and right. Are they in the middle on each side or in the back on each side of the booth?
Thanks for all your help!
From: jcastro89 <[email blocked]>
To: [email blocked]
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: lights [Questions]
Just to throw another suggestion for potential purchasers of
Sparkbooth. Great pictures do not require expensive or bulky
lighting. We use logitech 9000 cameras with a 15 watt florescent
light bar placed on top of structure($9). Adjustments are made in
the logitech software.
My booth is open top. The clamp lights I use are placed at the
front of my booth over the monitor and camera. One light head is in
the middle, one on the left front corner and one on the right front
corner of my booth.
Brian is correct, however I am also trying to light up about 7
feet of space in front of my camera. My clients stand anywhere in
my booth from 1 foot away all the way to 7... so I have to ensure
that I get acceptable lighting across that.