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Lighting for night time videoing

Discussion in 'Camera and Video' started by rubone47, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. rubone47

    rubone47 New Member

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    Anybody have any ideas for using lights so i can video at night.. Either diy or mounted certain lights
     
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    Rob i had all ready seen your lighted gopro looks great have you used it yet and if so have you posted any videos using it while night time fishing yet
     
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    I use the Panfish and attach a bike headlight to the RAM mount at the top.. Heres a picture of what Im talking about. The light is made to go around handle bars... GoPro light.jpg GoPro Light2.jpg
     
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    Nice LASER have you tried to put a filter of sorts on your light so it broadcast the light more even
     
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    Yeah, seems ok. There's a video clip on my most recent blog post, I'll link the clip in below.. night footage it towards the end. There's very little as I wasn't catching at the time.

    [video=youtube;O_7D8POIKIc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_7D8POIKIc[/video]
     
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    Nice Rob did you try video with the front cam while you had the head cam on and if so how did it turn out so far as i can see ur setup seems to work the best i have posted a quite a few sites with not much feedback
     
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    No I haven't. I intend to re-position my anchor light directly behind me. Partly to provide more light in the 'cockpit' area to reduce the requirement for the headlamp for baiting up, etc.. and to provide additional light for filming.
     
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    Rob can i ask you what kind of head lamp you were using there are a ton of lights out there but not any i can come close to matching yours
     
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    Hi,
    sorry for the late reply, I'm working abroad at the the moment. The headlamp is a LED Lenser 6 LED model.
     
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    Im trying to come up with a way to use my go pro at night you would think this would be fairly easy. Well its not here is a sample video shot at night .Keep in mind Im using a very bright wide angle dive light made for shooting video underwater its 5.5 watts 300 lumens and shines at a angle of 60 degrees.You cant tell in the video but this light, lights up my backyard better then my 100 watt floodlight


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_U8ws157kU&context=C358476cADOEgsToPDskJel_bxdMYdEV0l6j-PDph7
     
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    The video isn't working for me.
     
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    It's surprising how much light loss you get outside with few reflective surfaces. Also close up shots can cause excessive flare. It's a difficult balance to achieve, it depends what you intend to use it for, if it's fishing try some close up shots and see what the results are like.
     
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    YES Im using it for night fishing I just did a test sitting in the kayak with the go pro and light mounted to my head strap it worked not as good as i liked but i could use it that way if i had to. Next step is trying to diffuser and maybe two lights. I had some guy on another forum tell me I need 500 lumens lights (mine is 300) to use 3 of them and it really should be 4 of them. Thats crazy with that much light my night vision will be ruined for weeks and might melt my yak lol. Im also looking into night vision they make a lens for the go pro and it looks good on you tube
     
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    Well I got my second light today and just ran a test with the two lights. I'm not going to show the video here (when i build my new mount with the cam and two lights Ill run a new video test and post it).

    Ill tell you what I have learned so far . 1st you can not have enough light, I have tried to defused the light it didn't work it widen the angle of light but also weaken it also. When I ran the test tonight with the 2 lights I had both beams of light shining in the same spot I still got the tunnel vision effect ( I THINK BECAUSE OF THE WIDE ANGLE LENS) When I tried to separate the beams of light so they would be side by side and in effect widen the light in the area. This just weaken the amount of light and the picture or the video suffered. I have had people here and on other sites come up with some pretty good ideas and have tried some too. Here is what I think is the bottom line the GO PRO needs so much light outside at night to work right!! Now there are things you can do like changing your lenses or putting a I R LENSE IN WITH I R LIGHTING I just cant get into all that right now. Ill be building a new mount soon and Ill post pics of it. And in less then 2 weeks Ill be night fishing for Bass, I also think that since ILL be filming so close on the kayak that I will be able to separate the beams of light and therefore broadcast over a wider area. So thats it guys thanks for hanging in there and for your ideas.







    JIM
     
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    rubone47 - I agree with you that lighting the GoPro at night has got to be a royal pain-in-the-a** if you're not using IR. Keep at it and maybe you'll get something or combination of things that hits the mark. I've GOT to think that GoPro is currently working on releasing a newer version of the GoPro that has IR already built into the camera, where you can just switch it on, and switch it off... like a Sony HandyCam does. The IR on my Sony HandyCam is awesome but as a family camera, I rarely use it. I don't want to take it out on my yak either, hence the recent purchase of the Hero 2.
     
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    There are so many companies now that either have pov cams or are coming out with there own I wonder if gopro will either be squezze out or taken over by a bigger company
     
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