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Use Paper Lamps for Lighting

Cheap paper lamps can be used to effectively light a scene.

Lighting a scene can make a dramatic difference in the look of your video. The problem for most people is that professional lighting kits are expensive, difficult to use, and not easy to transport. Fortunately, a few low-cost paper lamps can help bring a more professional look to your video. When purchased in sets of varying sizes, they are a perfect complement to a cheap, home-assembled lighting kit [Hack #17] .

Asian paper lamps are often spherical in shape and come in a variety of sizes, up to 30 inches in diameter. They can be purchased from numerous places online, some home improvement stores, and even lighting stores. They cost anywhere from less than $3 to slightly more than $30, depending on the size and quality of the lamp. When illuminated from inside, paper lamps cast a soft, diffuse light. Figure 2-7 shows a frame of video without lighting and one lit by paper lamp (with a 100W bulb).


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