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February 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM #54523steverguyParticipant
For the past several years, I have mostly been doing web design while filming perhaps 1 or 2 weddings per year.
I'm looking at possibly increasing my videography service. I enjoy the work and the people… That being said, in all my time producing and editing videos, one thing has bugged me more than any other – wedding reception lighting. I seem to always argue with the DJs regarding appropriate lighting levels. If the lighting is too low, I end up with grainy video. I have never used external lighting (on camera or tri-pod) – but I'm thinking I should.
I would love to hear people's experience with on-camera lighting. Does it annoy the bride/groom? I've seen them in the $40-$80 range, and from what I understand, I don't need to high of a wattage…
Anyway, any thoughts & recommendations on this would be helpful. Thank you!!!
February 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM #206195vid-e-o-manParticipant
steverguy, I recall a lot of discussion on these forums about this subject. If you do a search for wedding reception lighting in the search function here, you will find a lot of discussion from others who have had experience with this. Keep shooting.
February 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM #206225BrianParticipant
I keep a light panels micro in my kit at all times and really love it. It's got a built in dimmer so you can quickly dial the light up or down. I've used it on camera, or course, but I've also used it on headshots as a backlight and to put a splash of light on a wall. The batteries last FOREVER.
March 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM #206376faqvideoParticipant
I am using on-camera light sparingly, only when it is absolutely necessary. It's Anton Bauer 25W halogen, out of your price range, but in the line of the conversation it does not really matter.
At the same time I set up two Lowel Pro diffused lights in safe corners out of guests' reach, pointed at the head table. I plug them in the wall via remote key-chain type power switches. So I turn the lights on and off as needed for the speeches, toasts, etc. I always discuss it with the customers prior to the party and explain why the lights are needed.
May 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM #207358dstarksMember
I've heard good things about the Newwer Light: http://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Digital-Camcorder-Panasonic-Samsung/dp/B004TJ6JH6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368485558&sr=8-2&keywords=led+light&tag=stephprodu-20
Check the frequently bought together section for super affordable batteries to go in it.
August 7, 2013 at 5:08 AM #208434HarlinParticipant
I have 3 of the led type lights, Use the heck out of them. They wont fill in sunlight but other than that they are great! I keep the shutter open wide and just barely fill with onboard light. Some guests loose their minds but there are always the wedding winers that complain about everything. As long as the Bride and Groom get a great video….
March 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM #209996BlaydeParticipant
Hello Steve, We use "on camera" lighting to get the best possible fooage for the Event. But used with disscretion ….. You don't want to be too obtrusive, there is a balance point in all of this.
We have had very good results, by using vid Pro Z 96K on camera LEDs, and are fully dimmable.
B&H Photo has these, good luck in your search for on Camra lighting!!
March 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM #209999SafeHarborParticipant
I've been using a Z96 led light from F&V for a few years and absolutely love it! Runs on either AA batts or Sony camera battery. Dimmable, includes magentic diffusion filters. Very even lighting, no hotspot. Turn the power down for closer shooting, crank it up for farther shots. No way you can shoot receptions with room lighting only. Many of the DJ packages no longer include ANY lights – the venue dims their lighting down to nothing for the dancing and that's it, it's very dark a lot of times. Extra light is a must.
Did a wedding at a botanical garden recently, and the couple and officiant were going to be standing under a gazebo. I realized prior to the ceremony that by the time the ceremony would take place, it was going to be getting pretty dark out, and NO lights were provided (no one thought of it I guess) – I would have no chance at all of decent video!
I actually took the LED light and duct-taped it up inside the front edge of the gazebo shining down on the 3 people, and it looked great for my two cameras placed several years away. Became an instant hero with the photographer, and I'm sure the guests also appreciated being able to see something that otherwise would've been very, very dark.
Don't get a cheap light…the Z96 is well under $200 and worth every cent. I've tried smaller lights and beyond a few feet, useless.
March 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM #210011Mario AyusoParticipant
Hi Jeff, thanks for your detailed information. The F&V light is good and its price is very high also. There are so many led light from China manufacturers and the Aputure light quality is not bad since i have checked many commnets about Aputure led light from other users. Anyway, thanks again.
May 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM #210460JohnParticipant
I've always disliked the look of a camera mounted light while shooting wedding receptions. We place a 1K key light like a redhead at one corner of the room and bathe the crowd in light from one side. You can use white light in concert with the colored overhead lights being used by the DJ or you can gel with blue or any color you like. You can also scrim or add diffusion to soften. We don't light it this way all night, just long enough to get our dancing/party shots. No one even notices as long as the light is at the edge of the room.
Hope this helps
June 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM #210663HowardRobinsonParticipant
🙂 First of all,if you are very good in web design and want to public of your video service then the best option would be to design a website of your video services so people will get to know about the best of yours and they feel free to hire you at the good cost.
Okay,your problem is Lighting.What my experience says,bride &groom always love to be there in lighting so people come to know about the grooming of the pairs and it looks good when stage is full of lighting.
DJ always wants that light should dim so they will have a great effect over the dancing.Just conveniencethe DJ and the owner to do this for you.
March 9, 2015 at 5:32 AM #211865adam agartharMember
so all you want is a light system for wedding photography,right?. wedding photography without lighting system will reduce the quality of the photography. here are my recommendations for lighting system to take wedding photos.
cowboystudio 220 watt photo studio monolight strobe kit, it is suitable for budget and it is available in three typesof power supply.
February 20, 2018 at 10:04 AM #278315ClarenceMember
I am using on-camera light sparingly, only when it is absolutely necessary. It's Anton Bauer 25W halogen, out of your price range, but in the line of the conversation it does not really matter.At the same time I set up two Lowel Pro diffused lights in safe corners out of guests' reach, pointed at the head table. I plug them in the wall via remote key-chain type power switches. So I turn the lights on and off as needed for the speeches, toasts, etc. I always discuss it with the customers prior to the party and explain why the lights are needed.
read here about it, maybe it will be interesting: http://wedding-retouching.com/blog/
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