What do you do if you want to paint a still life setup that is not brightly lit?
i have an 800 lumen light about 3 ft above the still life. When I put my white test block in the still life to balance my studio lights to that pure white swatch I can’t reduce the studio light to match the block in the still life without drastically reducing the light on the canvas. I try to keep about 780 lumens on the canvas.
as a note...
I use this equation to calculate the lumens on the canvas. = lumens x (1/squareroot [distance to canvas])
ive watched marks light balancing video but it doesn’t answer this question.https://m.youtube.com/watch?wide=&v=TuZ0t5FR9f0
Paul Foxton has a bit of a different approach https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UgEq0I7zxBw
What I’ve been doing is just keep 780 lumens on the canvas and just light the still life however much light I want and then just use the color checker and not worry about ever getting a balanced pure white.