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Re: Lighting Control vs Lighting Fixtures

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Scott SheriffRe: Lighting Control vs Lighting Fixtures
by on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:04:01 am

[Jon Frost] "I have been reading recent posts where the poster has a budget of say, $500.00... How would you spend that $500?"

That would really depend on what you are lighting. You could target that budget differently depending on the gig.
But...In a generic kind of way what can you do with 500 bucks?
Two trains of thought depending on if you are somewhere you can rent, or not.
If you can rent, spend the money on light meter, and having your own basic tools and supplies. You don't get that stuff when you rent, and you will need it. Spend the remaining money on renting what you need. Then buy as you go along, once you know what you will use most often.

Don't want to rent, or can't rent? Think used, open face lights. Fresnels like Arri's are cool, but Lowel open face lights are simple, easy to field repair, travel well, and are reasonably priced. The accessories are reasonable too. Despite all the LED, Kino and other advancements in lighting, these simple open face lights are quite serviceable, and combined with some basic control devices can produce great results. If you find you need 'better' lights in the future, buy as needed.

[Jon Frost] "A soft box of some sort would be a nice addition to a light fixture. Next to that, some foam core for flagging, which probably needs a way to mount and position (ala C-stand with a Lowel foam core mounting plate...)"

A Lowel Tota and a Chimera work pretty good for a softbox, even if the Chimera and speed ring are a bit pricey. Or use the traditional Lowel umbrella with the Tota, or bounce light it off a foam core. People might laugh at the Tota, but they have some uses that you don't want to waste a better light on, and can make your lighting kit go farther.
I'm not a fan of flagging hot lights with foam core, but for reflector/fill, I use it a lot. A foam core holder and a couple of C-stands are really must have basic items. A couple of china's are good to have also. A Wescott Scrim Jim kit is pretty handy too.

Scott Sheriff
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http://www.sstdigitalmedia.com


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