08-21-2008 10:18 PM
KachiWachi wrote:As a follow-up comment, if fluorescent lighting is used, you will have to enable the "Anti-flicker" control.This *may* limit the amount of Exposure/Gain that the camera will be able to use.Thanks.
I would not say 'will have to'. Likely need to, yes, but not necessarily.
I've done a few test runs with and without it. It seems for my better quality bulbs, it is not actually necessary.
As it is, I still have tests I need to be doing with my new lights, having an urge to try doing a mirror based spotlight diffusion.. thing. What can I say, I don't know the right terms for it. ^_^
As it is, we're looking at using 8" steel reflector dish around the light to help spotlight it.. might make a few modifications to reduce light bleeding out the sides of it. Then bounce it off a non-perfect mirror, to make the light scatter a light more.. Basically one on each side of the person, ahead of them, pointed out to the sides and reflected inward.
I'm not sure how well it'll work, but short of the mirrors, I have everything I need to give it a whirl for fun.
Half the fun of the project so far is just trying new things for really cheap.
As a side note, the Quickcam 9000 came in.. and -nearly- manages to hit, in some of the worst lighting I've intentionally fed it, pull the same quality as the older Quickcam Connect in my best lighting.. At 640x480 as opposed to 320x240.
I'm impressed. I just don't think I'll be able to talk folks into spending on the camera alone, instead of spending on a now much less necessary lighting setup. Still, the visual quality only gets better in good lighting! Definitely happy with the purchase. Also, as an oddity, Skype seems to be able to give me configuration for the camera with numbers and without 'pretty' (and less useful) UI. Yummy.