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Stuart is off-line
19 December 2010 17:17
digitalexcel
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Cheshire
Warrington

I am looking to shoot in a hotel room soon for the first time very soon and wondered if there is any good advice out there? I have read a few threads here on the forums already (Gareth Hickey's first hotel shoot) but just wanted to ask for general advice and a few questions as well.

Lighting I currently use - x2 430 ex flashes, x1 420 EZ, reflector &  60x60 soft box.

1.Is there any benefit/advantages in purchasing a larger soft box or even an umbrella to create softer more even light? Is there a best type of umbrella to use in small spaces? I think I can achieve the desired result with the equipment I currently own but just wondered if anyone that has shot in a hotel room and has a particular setup they use or recommend?
2. When choosing a room is it best to choose a particular facing room, north facing or not much of a factor?
3. Advice in trying to secure the room for a knock down price?
4. Is it the best policy to inform the hotel what you are going to be doing in the room?

Thanks


Andy_B is off-lineSilver Member
19 December 2010 17:29
Andy_B
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London
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1. A softbox is better than a brolly (especially a shoot through one) - since hotel room ceilings are invariably low and light-painted. If you used a shoot-shrough, you end up with light reflected everywhere and very flat lighting.
2. Good luck getting the sun to cooperate with you during the next few months!
3. Use somewhere like Laterooms.com
4. I think it's best to not inform them. If you're subtle about it and not overladen with kit then 'what they don't know won't hurt them'.


19 December 2010 17:37
MarkG
Photographer


Quote from digitalexcel
I am looking to shoot in a hotel room soon for the first time very soon and wondered if there is any good advice out there?



Don't allow a chaperone. A threesome checking into a hotel room tends to raise eyebrows at reception! LOL
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Stuart is off-line
19 December 2010 17:43
digitalexcel
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Cheshire
Warrington

Thank you for the replies so far they are appreciated. Laterooms is great advice thanks.

MarkG - LOL well it's going to look a little dodgy as the plan is to shoot 3 models throughout the day to get the most from the room


19 December 2010 17:51
MarkG
Photographer


Quote from digitalexcel
MarkG - LOL well it's going to look a little dodgy as the plan is to shoot 3 models throughout the day to get the most from the room



Haha, way to go....

So far as choice of room goes try to avoid one that overlooks the car park/main entrance - the flash firing every few seconds tends to draw attention.

Big light sources in small rooms tend to make for dull lighting. I'd go for small soft boxes, gridded if possible.
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Will is off-linePlatinum Member
19 December 2010 17:57
CameraWillD40
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Quote from digitalexcel
I am looking to shoot in a hotel room soon for the first time very soon and wondered if there is any good advice out there? I have read a few threads here on the forums already (Gareth Hickey's first hotel shoot) but just wanted to ask for general advice and a few questions as well.

Lighting I currently use - x2 430 ex flashes, x1 420 EZ, reflector &  60x60 soft box.

1.Is there any benefit/advantages in purchasing a larger soft box or even an umbrella to create softer more even light? Is there a best type of umbrella to use in small spaces? I think I can achieve the desired result with the equipment I currently own but just wondered if anyone that has shot in a hotel room and has a particular setup they use or recommend?
2. When choosing a room is it best to choose a particular facing room, north facing or not much of a factor?
3. Advice in trying to secure the room for a knock down price?
4. Is it the best policy to inform the hotel what you are going to be doing in the room?

Thanks



Never shot in a hotel, but I don't think its too different to working in the models home, which I do in probably 90% of my shoots. So..
1. What are you wanting to shoot specifically? What you have is very similar to my set-up that I use on home shoots so I don't see any problem there.
2. You're using two flash heads so I don't think this matters unless you specifically want to use daylight to create a special effect.
3. ? Yellow pages, call local hotels? But to cheaper room will be very basic and not give you many options other than shooting on the
4. I wouldn't. They could well think something sleazy is going on and just say no. Best to carry your equipment in a fairly generic bag so not to attract attention.

Hope your shoot goes well


Stuart is off-line
19 December 2010 18:07
digitalexcel
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Cheshire
Warrington

CameraWillD40 I am shooting Lingerie for the first time :/. I shoot mostly on location with this setup and was just making sure it was enough and no further expenditure was needed.

General consensus is not to inform the hotel.... hmmm wasn't banking on that tbh

Cheers again.


NineteenTen Photography is off-linePlatinum Member
19 December 2010 18:08
Studio1910
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Newton Abbot

- Pull the curtains to stop people seeing the flash go off from outside.
- Put a towel at the bottom of the main door, to stop people seeing the flash go off from the corridor.
- Try to use large chains like travel lodge or premier inn.
- Put a rubber glove or cling film over the smoke detector is your shooting in the shower.
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Stuart is off-line
19 December 2010 18:11
digitalexcel
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Warrington

"- Try to use large chains like travel lodge or premier inn."

They provide chains ??emoticon

HAHA got completely the wrong end of the stick there, I had to keep reading it before it sank in what you were talking about. Was going to say it's not that kind of shoot my friend


19 December 2010 18:47
MarkG
Photographer


Quote from digitalexcel
General consensus is not to inform the hotel.... hmmm wasn't banking on that tbh



There are some nice wedding venues that allow photographers they know to use the place during the week when they're not busy. Trade for pictures so they can refresh their literature and website. You need to get to know the venue manager pretty well though. And most won't allow any nudity and some may be cautious about lingerie too. If you do weddings it's something to work towards at the better venues.
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