"studio lighting" outdoors

Discussion in 'Lighting Equipment' started by christopher_kluge, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. I typically shoot inside under very controlled conditions and I'd like to maintain
    some consistency in my lighting in a project that will be shot outdoors in the
    evening. In the studio, I use a beauty dish with honeycomb grid on a boom
    stand as my primary light source, but being a monolight, it is probably too big
    and heavy to move about out of the studio (not to mention the need for an
    electrical outlet.)

    My first thought is to rent a battery powered unit that accepts a grid reflector
    and is lightweight enough that an assistant could comfortably support it using
    a boom arm. (I'd like to avoid using a light stand as it is important to be mobile
    and operate quickly during the shoot.) I also would need a unit with a
    modeling light. I'd like to mimic the control and quailty of light of the beauty
    dish with grid. This is the first time I've attempted this kind of shoot -- does
    anyone have any recommendations on equipment or approach? Thanks in
    advance.
     
  2. Forget about having a useful modeling light (150-250 watts) and a battery powered light: the modeling light will suck the battery flat in no time at all.

    The Profoto 7B is a great 1200 watt-second battery powered ligth which will do what you want it to do. Likewis the Eminchrom ranger or similar Broncolor unit.
     
  3. You need a light stand. Your assistant will hate you if you don't use one :)
    I have a nice redwing stand that when picked up, the legs automatically fold. Wouldn't
    slow you down at all.

    A battery powered pack/head system is going to be too heavy to run around with if that's
    what you are after.
     
  4. Ellis, Thanks, I'll look into the 7B.

    John, Your assistant will hate you if you don't use one :)

    > . . . yeah, I thought about that ; - )

    I have a nice redwing stand that when picked up, the legs automatically fold.

    do you know the model #?
     
  5. Hmmmm...

    Has Redwing gone out of business? It is called a "Quickstand". Maybe another company is
    going to distribute them. Their Boom Stands are wonderful as well.

    jmp
     
  6. Forget about getting your assistant to hold a light on a boom for an extended period. If his arms are still functional after the shoot he'll probably 'key' your car on his way home...

    JJ
     
  7. If you use Lumedyne your assistant could esaily hold the head on a monopod, if you get him something like the device people use to hold a flag for long periods. It's like a belt with a cup on it that the end of the flagpole goes into. A Lumedyne head weighs practically nothing compared to many strobe heads. It has a dim modeling light that is practically invisible in bright ambient light. If "evening" is dark when/where you are working, the 25 watt modeling light may be sufficient for focusing and some previewing. But more important is having an assistant who knows how to place the light on your subject. Hire a photographer... t
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