Ever wondered what the best equipment for your current job is? It´s exactly the equipment you have with you. Okay, Joe McNally said that.
But what do you do if you have almost no equipment with you? In fact, nothing more than a camera?
Todays cameras do not depend on a roll of film that will only take daylight or else go blonde like Belgian beer. They have numerous white balance presets that allow you to shoot in any kind of light and get a decent result.
I shot a couple frames for a friend´s recording studio. All I had was a 5MP Casio Exilim (pocket camera!) and three Dedo lights. Okay, Dedo lights are tremendously expensive. I had them borrowed from a good pal whose father works at the movies. They produce tungsten light that can be shaped with four barn doors. They have only 100W each, so I reckon that if you got a lamp with about any 100W bulb, some gaffer´s tape and a bit of black wrap, you can easily reproduce similar effects.
I shot the control room:
On to the studio:
You can see that there´s daylight coming in from above, because the sheet on the stand catches some of it and gets a blue hue whereas the camera is balanced towards tungsten light.
I found that the black cabinet has a lovely grill in it (it is a Leslie!) and decided to put some light through it:
Finally, on to the fantastic Studer A807:
I let it stand pretty much where it was, using the existing light. Then I raked a blue-gelled Dedo across it real flat (top picture, on the spool). This is what anyone can do with his desktop lamp. The low quantity of the light let me expose long enough to make the "wheels spin". Daylight balance. And nothing but a black coat as a backdrop.