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Adding light to a hair salon

OnTheFlyPhoto

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Greetings.

I have a friend who owns a hair salon. He likes to take photos with his iPhone to post to social media. However the lighting doesn't cooperate.

When the sun is out - sunlight coming through the windows overpowers the indoor lights and the photos come out pretty good. I mean pretty good regarding colour temperature and accurate colours in the photos.

When the sun isn't blasting through the windows however the photos look pretty bad. He has a mixture of lights in the salon and the colour temperatures are all over the place.

Here is my question - does anyone know of any lights that would attach to and run from “standard” track lighting? It would need to be something that has a good temperature for photography and something that can overpower the bad lighting. To overpower the bad lighting we can of course use multiple lights. We just have to not over load the strip. We can also replace the existing lights.

If we replace the existing lights there would still be some bleed of bad light from around the salon but that would really help clean things up lighting wise.

I will post photos taken with his iPhone so you can see what he's getting.

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Thank you for any ideas and suggestions.

Adrian
 

Classicbiker

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I assume you still want to use the Iphone as the main camera? If that's the case you could try a daylight balanced light kit from ebay.
An example

There are many versions and types but this gives you an idea
 

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I know they now make studio strobes that sync with an iPhone wirelessly. Probably be a lot more expensive than Classicbiker's setup but would be a lot more powerful than the CFL bulbs it has. Mounting a studio light to a track either directly or on a swing arm would be easy enough as well.

Barring that I know some iPhone apps let you adjust curves/ set black and white points, I would shoot with a grey card in scene and use that to get the correct WB using one of these apps.
 

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Buy LED bulbs with a 5000 degree (kelvin) output. They are reasonably inexpensive and are only 500 degrees from daylight which is negligible. They are made with standard medium bases, for lamps, track lighting and even in 4 foot florescent tubes (but the fixture will need to rewired and the old ballasts will have to be removed). I converted the salon I manage to all 5000 degree LEDs and the girls love it.
 
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