Hi folks ... i do a lot of run and gun interview shooting in a semi-controlled environment, ie a trade show floor. have to be self contained, power-wise, and a good amount of portability.
I have a budget of about a thousand bucks; i'm thinking of a camera-mount lite and a fill lite on a stand ... again ... have to bang through trade show floors and knock off one interview after another.
i was looking at the litepanels sola eng, or maybe the crona ... and something else on a stand for fill .... obviously the 1 x 1 is out of reach ... maybe the lowel blender ?
maybe two sola's, or two crona's ? your thoughts are appreciated.
I think you're on the right track -- wanting a small, portable DC fixture -- but I would recommend using it as a key -- rather than a fill. You should key from the direction your subject is looking -- assuming the subject is looking off-camera. An on-camera key light is going to render flat results, which are less than desirable.
Anyway, a fixture that is dimmable, so as to match the level of the ambient level in the room, and has the ability to have it's color temperature adjusted to match the ambient color temperature, sounds perfect.
I'm really not that familiar with what's avaiable on the market these days -- in a way, it doesn't really matter -- just pick-up something dimmable, and color-temperature agile -- and you're good. Remember too that the larger the lighting fixture, the softer the light (given that it's going to be 6 feet or so from your subject). You can fill from on-top of your camera -- that fill light can double as your "back-up" key.
You can buy the battery plate add-on and power them off of a V-lock or AB gold mount, and they last a few hours at full intensity with one battery. Dimmable, and you can drop in a CTO panel to switch between daylight and tungsten (although it cuts a stop). You can also pick up the softbox attachment for $99, which is actually pretty good. Also check out the smaller LED they have - you could easily mount it atop the camera and power it off another battery.
I'm also in agreement with Ken - remember monkey in the middle - when shooting interviews, your subject is looking at your interviewer, who is standing between the camera op and the light.
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Love "monkey in the middle," even if it's rather pejorative to the interviewer. I find teaching students about where to place the key in relation to the camera and interviewer is a challenge. "Monkey in the middle" will make this task much easier. Thanks!