Lighting Kit Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cashcows, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. cashcows macrumors newbie

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    I need a good lighting kit, preferably flourescent to reduce heat. I also need to light the green screen for the chroma key.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. 2jaded2care macrumors 6502

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    Kino Flo is the standard fluorescent used, especially for green screen. www.kinoflo.com

    They are available through B&H. They are not cheap.

    I don't know much about their kits, you'd have to look at their site to decide what you'd need.

    Good luck.
     
  3. PegasusMedia macrumors member

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    Depends.

    What's your budget? (As 2jaded pointed out, it can get very expensive.)

    How much space do you have?

    How big is your backdrop/wall?

    How much power can you pull?

    Can you hang lights or will they all need floor stands?

    Will there ever be more than one subject on camera?


    Very basically, what you need is a bright, even wash of light on your green wall. Then, you need proper seperation of the subject(s) from the wall. If they are too close you will get shadows and green spill cast on the subjects by the wall. So, after first lighting the wall, you need -- at a minimum -- a basic three point light package per subject (a key, a fill, and a backlight).

    At a minimum, I would say you need two lights for the wall itself, softened either by being fluorescent or by using softboxes. A bigger wall will require more than 2.

    Then you'll want the three (minimum) per subject. Bare minimum=5 instruments.
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    why is any form of photography either still or video so dam expensive :(
     
  5. Mavimao macrumors 6502a

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    You can't go wrong with:

    1-2 x mini-moles,

    2-3 x 1ks or fresnels

    1-2 x 2k's

    if you have the money 1 HMI

    I've shot a lot of student films with that set up, and it hasn't failed me yet. I don't know anything about fluorescent movie lights, can't help you there.
     
  6. PegasusMedia macrumors member

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    "why is any form of photography either still or video so dam expensive?"

    Wow that comment makes me feel old.

    You can buy a pretty dang good quality "pro" camera for under $5000. Hell, in some cases, under $3000!!!

    You can edit, at very good quality, on an off the shelf computer!!

    (In my best grandpa Simpson Voice)...Why in my day, we paid $50,000 for pro cameras. And we didn't edit on computers in our house! We had rooms full of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars worth of gear.

    Geez dude, how cheap do you want it to get!!!!????
     
  7. cashcows thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. cashcows thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What brand and where to get it?
     

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