I'm a 17 year old filmmaker/musician. I have a Canon Rebel T2i. I've been studying the filmmaking process, and directing videos with friends for about 2 years. I usually film outside using the natural light, and get some incredible looks with the right color grading.
I also have cheap clamp lights that I use to film indoors, but even then I usually have to go over 200 ISO and the image gets grainy. So, I try to avoid shooting inside.
BUT, soon I'm going to be finished with my album. I want to shoot music videos and make them as professional as possible. My camera captures great images with the right lighting. I decided it's finally time to get a lighting kit.
Plus, I'm looking to do some green screen work for the music videos (or just videos in general), and without the right lighting, green screen is a complete failure.
I have $900 right now. These are a few options I've been looking into:
OR, buy two of these:
Obviously, 2 Microbeam's would be around $1,200, so I'd have to wait to save up the money. The HUGE plus about the FloLight's is that they don't get hot. The heat is very annoying when doing green screen work. On the other hand, I'm not sure how long it will take me to raise $400 more, and the album will be done real soon.
Thanks for the help! Glad I found this place. I've needed help with this question for a while, but I didn't know where to ask.
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08-20-2012 08:22 PM
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08-20-2012 11:24 PM
I totally agree re LED lighting, at least for close-up work (I mostly do animation) - the lack of heat is a huge bonus. I use cheapy Nan Guang Lighting CN-600HS ones - probably not as good as the Flolights, but they've worked great for my greenscreen work.
08-21-2012 06:57 AM
Brings back memories, I did the same thing at your age!
Here's the bad thing about starting with flolights, or any type of LED or flourescent light: You are stuck with a soft light and a fixture that doesn't punch as much. I know for starters it may be a good route to go, but you want to play around with lighting. I'd pick up a 3 tungsten light kit and diffusion (soft box for example). This way not only do you have the flexibility to have a soft source, but also a hard one or anything in between. I'm not saying flolights aren't a good investment, I'm saying its not a light I'd like to be stuck with by itself
And honestly if an actor starts whinning about a hot light, they aren't pretty experienced heh heh. But seriously, most of the times you aren't placing the light right infront of people's faces. If you are... god help what you're doing. In most cases it may get a bit warm, but its nothing to cry about. I remember reading a shirt someone was wearing on set:
"Pain is temporary, film is forever."
Your best bet is to start with the tubetape package, but I'm sure there are other deals out there, maybe used to save you some cash and allow you to get more toys.
And you'll start dealing with real world/set problems... finding circuits, running stingers..... burning yourself
08-21-2012 05:29 PM
I've found Cool Lights CDM (mini HMI) lights to be a good compromise. They look and light similar to Arri tungsten hard lights, but are daylight balanced and cool as fluorescent on the talent. You can fit them with scrims to lower the light level or a soft box, and they have a focus knob. I think two 150's and a 300 would be in the price range you are in. About the only con is the 5 minute restrike waiting period.
As far as the soft box kits you gave the link to, there are many on Ebay that can beat that price and are probably of similar (typical Chinese) quality. Like this one:
Last edited by mainstreetprod; 08-21-2012 at 05:33 PM.
08-21-2012 06:38 PM
I bought Cool Lights Fresnel kit (one 650 watt, two 300 watt) and love it. Its a little more money, about $1100 with shipping, but they are well built and even comes with a carrying case. I have messed around with LEDs and stuff and all was a waste of money in my opinion ( I rarely use them now). I still am adding to my light kit but slowly now because those lights are work horses. If I had to buy anything after these lights it would probably be a 1k, then two 4 bank fluorescent from cool lights.
08-22-2012 12:05 PM
Im not anywhere near pro (I mostly futz around and shoot tests in between forcing myself to man up and shoot short movies), so take this with a grain of salt, but I have a 500W Lowel Omni with speedring and photoflex softboxes (small and medium), a lowell 200 w pro-light, and a scoop/photoflood light (cheap!) with umbrella adaptor (I put in a Y edison adaptor and two regular 200watt bulbs to make a 400w softlight for fill). Stands for all three.
The stuff is on the lower/cheaper end of pro lighting but Im happy with what feels like a nearing complete kit that will do me solid for a while. People say the Lowel stuff lasts. I plan on adding a larger softbox, then replacing the scoop light with a Tota, then maybe another 200W pro-light for backgrounds and such.
So one vote for lowel, but then again maybe used small HMIs and fresnels are the same price I dunno.
Last edited by nycineaste; 08-22-2012 at 12:10 PM.
08-28-2012 11:19 AM
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lowel is the way to go for a young filmmaker looking to build their experience and keep their credit score reasonable.