Jump to content

Keffie

Lighting @ reapercon

Recommended Posts

Being my first reapercon I was wondering what lighting at classes is like.   Does bringing your own work in terms of better lighting and is electrical available.   

 

Did search first but did not find a thread.  

 

Thanks in advance.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Keffie said:

Being my first reapercon I was wondering what lighting at classes is like.   Does bringing your own work in terms of better lighting and is electrical available.   

 

Did search first but did not find a thread.  

 

Thanks in advance.  

Lighting is okay in the classrooms, really a lot of people bring their own laps like the ottlights with batteries in them which can be used anywhere and then charge up later. If memory serves me, the convention center is just the florescent lighting throughout. You'll see all the artists/sculptors in their classes and on artist row will have 1-2 of their own lights (I'm not sure if these are supplied by Reaper for them or not). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Keffie said:

Being my first reapercon I was wondering what lighting at classes is like.

The light level was typical for a Best Buy big box store. That is what the space was originally built to be.

 

4 minutes ago, Keffie said:

Does bringing your own work? in terms of better lighting and is electrical available.

It was allowed, but there was very little additional electrical...the class areas and the artist's row had used most all of it.

 

Just now, ub3r_n3rd said:

Lighting is okay in the classrooms, really a lot of people bring their own laps like the ottlights with batteries in them which can be used anywhere and then charge up later.

Battery powered, super efficient LED type is definitely the way to go. 

 

Just now, ub3r_n3rd said:

If memory serves me, the convention center is just the florescent lighting throughout. You'll see all the artists/sculptors in their classes and on artist row will have 1-2 of their own lights (I'm not sure if these are supplied by Reaper for them or not). 

The artist row lights last year were all identical models; pretty sure those were set up for the artists. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bring a battery OTT light, you'll be glad you did...

Rechargeable batteries are good too...

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't been all that happy with the battery-powered OTT Lites. They're pretty dim and they don't last all that long. If you do bring them, bring plenty of batteries.

 

I'll mention that I've been using the Viltrox L116T, which is designed as an LED photo light and can be powered by standard Sony video batteries. They're more expensive, especially once you add in batteries and chargers or power supplies and some way of holding them up (I use small tripods). But they're so much nicer in pretty much every way than the OTT Lites that I never use those anymore.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

I haven't been all that happy with the battery-powered OTT Lites. They're pretty dim and they don't last all that long. If you do bring them, bring plenty of batteries.

 

I'll mention that I've been using the Viltrox L116T, which is designed as an LED photo light and can be powered by standard Sony video batteries. They're more expensive, especially once you add in batteries and chargers or power supplies and some way of holding them up (I use small tripods). But they're so much nicer in pretty much every way than the OTT Lites that I never use those anymore.

 

How long have the batteries lasted for you? What settings got the best light to battery life ratio? How many batteries do you recommend? I'm looking at the Viltrox on Amazon and the FAQ says on high the battery lasts about 1.5 hours before getting noticeably dim.

 

ETA: How much area get's lit up? Is enough that someone on either side of you can use the light? Or is it more like the Ott light in pretty much just the one person?

Edited by nakos
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, nakos said:

 

How long have the batteries lasted for you? What settings got the best light to battery life ratio? How many batteries do you recommend? I'm looking at the Viltrox on Amazon and the FAQ says on high the battery lasts about 1.5 hours before getting noticeably dim.

 

ETA: How much area get's lit up? Is enough that someone on either side of you can use the light? Or is it more like the Ott light in pretty much just the one person?

 

At 100%, they're really bright. Several times as bright as corded OTT Lites. They also provide quite a large source, so very soft light.

 

I'd agree with the 1.5 hours until you notice the light getting dim at 100% power and using an F550 battery. Bigger batteries and lower power levels will last longer.

 

I'm currently using them at 40% most of the time (100% is really bright), but I nearly always have my power supplies plugged in, so I'm not sure how much longer the 550 will last at that level. Don't forget to get a charger (the batteries I bought came with one.)

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Thes Hunter said:

What type of tripod do you use Doug?

 

The tripod I actually like is a Joby Gorillapod (the Gorillapod SLR Zoom, IIRC) that I originally got for my DSLR. But they're expensive, so I only have one. The other tripod is a cheap mini-tripod that I have to set up oddly so that the light doesn't tip it over. I keep thinking about replacing it with another Gorillapod, but inertia.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've switched to a light mounted on my Optivisor.  It allows me to paint/sculpt anywhere. Batteries last for 20 to 40 hours of sculpting time.

 

29.498__66910.1477007143.500.750.jpg?c=2

 

One big advantage is that the light is coming directly from my eye area, so nothing is in shadow to my eyes.

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

I've switched to a light mounted on my Optivisor.  It allows me to paint/sculpt anywhere. Batteries last for 20 to 40 hours of sculpting time.

 

29.498__66910.1477007143.500.750.jpg?c=2

 

One big advantage is that the light is coming directly from my eye area, so nothing is in shadow to my eyes.

bet it's heavy though, and inexpensive......

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/6/2017 at 11:51 PM, Doug Sundseth said:

 

The tripod I actually like is a Joby Gorillapod (the Gorillapod SLR Zoom, IIRC) that I originally got for my DSLR. But they're expensive, so I only have one. The other tripod is a cheap mini-tripod that I have to set up oddly so that the light doesn't tip it over. I keep thinking about replacing it with another Gorillapod, but inertia.

 

I was wondering about how a cheap mini tripod would work. Since for portability in small spots I don't know if a full sized tripod would be workable.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, knarthex said:

bet it's heavy though, and inexpensive......

 

No, not really heavy.  The 2 AA batteries are about 75% of the weight.  I guess I don't actually notice it weight wise.

 

They run between $22 to $27, depending on where you look.

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

No, not really heavy.  The 2 AA batteries are about 75% of the weight.  I guess I don't actually notice it weight wise.

 

They run between $22 to $27, depending on where you look.

Good call, I was looking for something like this.  Found one on Amazon, $24.  Should be here in a few days, look forward to trying it out.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Thes Hunter said:

 

I was wondering about how a cheap mini tripod would work. Since for portability in small spots I don't know if a full sized tripod would be workable.

 

I've been tilting the light over using the ballhead so it's almost vertical  to bring it down close to the table so that I get good light on the front of the figure I'm working on. This would normally cause a small tripod to tip over. To prevent that, I've been shortening the leg away from the light to move the center of mass back between the tripod legs. Works fairly well, though if you're battery powered, the bigger the battery, the harder it is to keep the light balanced.

 

I'll also note that it's possible to just set the Viltrox lights on the table you're working on, but they have a tendency to tip over, because they're not very thick. And with a battery, I'm not sure they'll stay upright at all when set on the table.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Heisler
      Okay, we do have some manufacturer awards for the Reaper Con 2018 Painting Competition. This is what I know so far:
      Dark Sword: 
      Dark Sword Diorama Category:

      $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Diorama
      $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Diorama
        
      Dark Sword Single Miniature Category:

      $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Single Miniature
      $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Single Miniature
       
      Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms Anthropomorphic Animals Open Category:
      Can be either a single miniature or a diorama - simply carving out a separate category for our Critter Kingdoms minis.
      $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms
      $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms
       
      Dark Sword Young Painter Category (Age 13 and under):
      Can be either a single miniature or a diorama - simply carving out a separate category for our young painters.

      $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for best overall Dark Sword Young Painter
      $50 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Young Painter
       
      The Dark Sword Miniatures Manufacturer Awards are open to all painters. To be eligible for the prize support listed, the entries must be new entries, never before posted online or entered into any other painting competitions. In addition, no entries can be commissions from Dark Sword Miniatures for painted studio models. This means Dark Sword studio painters can enter if they so desire, but their entries must be brand new creations not commissioned from Dark Sword and must also adhere to the eligibility requirements above.
       
      Kabuki - 300 Euro Prize for the best Kabuki Miniature, regardless of category, in the painting competition. We are looking for a way to involve Rodolfo in the judging this year.
       
      Bombshell Miniatures
      Bombshell Miniatures presents the 2018 Golden Maelee Awards. This is a Sponsored Award section of the annual Reaper Master Series Open Painting Contest. Entries will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Maelee trophies.
       
      Entries will need to feature at least one or more Bombshell Miniatures as the prominent subject. This can be anything from Babes, Sidekicks, Kritterkins, to robots, or busts. Each entry will be judged on its own merit of painting execution, presentation, and skill.

      Entries from artists who have been professionally commissioned by Bombshell Miniatures are ineligible.
       
      Scale 75
      Best Scale 75 75MM or Bust
               $50.00 Coupon to our web store. 
       
      Best Smog Rider (CHIBI)
               $50.00 Coupon to our web store.
       
      Bet Scale 75 piece overall piece by a junior
               Smog Rider Starter set.
       
      Talon Games

      Best Individual CAV Model: Any single-model figure.

      Best CAV "Squad": This category allows for multiple models (minimum four
      models) as part of a cohesive squad.

      Best CAV Diorama: This category covers models with a scenic base where the
      entry is telling a story to the viewer and may include multiple models.

      Each category winner will receive a $100 Talon Games Gift Certificate and a
      Trophy.
       
      This first post in the thread will be updated with other manufacturers as we receive them.
    • By Aard_Rinn
      So, how does one go about finding folks who are looking to split a room for the con? I'm gonna be able to go this year, and the forum description said this is the place to do it, but I dont see a relevant thread. Let me know if there's a better place, I guess?
       
      While it wouldnt be the first con I've spent sleeping in the bushes outside the convention center, Texas sounds hotter than CT, so I am currently looking to share, if anyone has a free corner they're looking to fill. So, let me know and we can talk money, I guess? Bonus points if you're flying in and we can carpool to and from together - I pack light and ship well! :)
    • By MissMelons
      This is pretty done besides the jewelry I plan to sculpt on it. As my scultping is Meh, I'm calling this the final product. I did something different with the eyes as I didnt really want to give her human or dragon eyes so I did neither. 
       
      I kind of like how they turned out considering she sat unpainted for weeks because I wasnt sure on what to do with the eyes!
       
       




    • By Kev!
      Howdy,
       
      Finally got around to her...
       

       
      Thank you,
      Kev!
    • By JackMann
      I recently got my ReaperCon goodies from my convention buddy. Since I caught a cold right before coming home from Kuwait, this mini felt especially relatable to me.
       

       
      I looked over Buglips' and Guindyloo's versions of the mini, and they informed how I went a bit. Guindyloo's eye in particular was something I wanted to try replicating. I think I did an okay job. I should have picked a lighter color of blue, though. The pupil doesn't really stand out from the iris. 
       

       
      My tissue box's lines ended up not being quite as clean as I would've liked. I need to practice my freehand more.
  • Who's Online   28 Members, 3 Anonymous, 0 Guests (See full list)

×