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- December 29, 2010 at 3:56 PM #47264RexParticipant
Does anyone have suggestions for on board camera lighting? I have been looking at the FloLight Microbeam. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it?
I have shot a few weddings and so far the lighting during the receptions has been a toss up of good to just terrible. The light on my camera isn’t cutting it and I am slowly acquiring gear and I was wondering what some of you guys would suggest.
I think a lighting kit at a reception would be to cumbersome, distracting, and over kill. I want something portable that I can mount on the camera and works well. Thank you for your answers.
If budget is not an issue..We use the Sony “HVL-LBP”l ight but it is pricey… There is also theLitepanels Micro lights
Budget, for all but the most blessed, is ALWAYS an issue 😉 Check out the many threads here seeking equipment for a full scale video production business with a budget of $500, or less. But yes, those are good lights with great value and excellent performance Aikidoken.
I have the FloLight 3 light “swat” kit I have started using at receptions. I LOVE it and I will admit I paid about double their current pricing for the set, and it still was worth every penny.
I had a LitePanels (still use it) before I got the flolight kit. For power, the flolight singly beat the litepanels hands down. I use the 3 lights, typically one on the camera and 2 on light stands I also ordered from flolight. I ALWAYS ask the couple before hand if it is alright if I use the lighting if needed. So far no one has refused it and no one has complained. This kit IS BRIGHT though when using all the lights so stretching the stands to their highest really helps when flooding is needed. It is great for lighting up the head table during speeches, and using them as strong point lighting for the first dances. Being able to shoot a very dark dance with 0dB gain or less is victory in my book. Added to the fact that they use my Sony batteries for my camera, they are extremely portable.
I have 2 large PortaBrace 2750 cases housing my cameras, a large duffle bag with accessories/tape etc, the 3 light stands , a backpack that currently holds the lights (when I replace the foam in my camera cases there will be room for the lights), 2 Manfrotto tripods, and occasionally my laptop that I can load onto one small handtruck and I can get in to any reception site just fine. I usually park my cart over by the DJ.
I often find the photographers hovering around my lights as it is quite helpful for them as well. About half wonder where they can get a set like that.
Don’t get me wrong, the litepanels is not useless. I use it for closer up lighting when you are “running and gunning”. But the litepanels are NOT floodlights by any means.
The Flolight sounds like a good investment..aside from us using the Sony HVL on camera light we also have 2 x 800 watts Amvona Video Lighting kits in soft boxes with 12 ft stands… we use this for dark churches andspeeches during the reception..however it can sometimes be a headache trying to haul them, set them up, pack them up not to mention trying to set them upin crowded spaces…however with our planned switch toshooting withDSLRs instead of video cameras, we are getting rid of them and just sticking with the Sony HVL…
after much expense and trial, by far the best solution I have found is a head band dimmable LED kit from Ace hardware for 20 bucks. You can change the color temp on the fly and better, you don’t get the squint from folks not use to being lit. You can simply look away a bit without moving the camera. As well, you get better imagery because you don’t flatten people’s faces with a light coming from the exact same direction of the lens. If you get a handful of em, man you can light an entire scene without so much as breaking out a stinger.