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Adriano Castaldini
newbie question: which lights for dslr videos
on Mar 28, 2017 at 3:08:18 pm

Hi, I'm searching for lights for DSLR videos, but I'm a newbie so I'd need some advices.

I thought a pair of lights w/ stands and soft-box, or simply a pair of dimmable led panels. But I've noticed that LEDs give flickering issue on DSLR videos (I had to buy the flickerfree plugin from Digital Anarchy).

So wich is better for DSLR videos: led + plug-in-post, or tungsten?

Anyway, what is in your opinion the ideal starter-kits?

Thanks you for the help.


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Robin Walker
Re: newbie question: which lights for dslr videos
on Apr 4, 2017 at 6:53:37 am

Hi Adriano,

You should probably narrow your question a bit and provide a little more info on your resources ($$) and the type of filming you do. I'd also do a little research on models that interest you and ask for people's experiences with them. Lighting is a huge subject. Studio lights, panels, Fresnels all have strengths and weaknesses and I've yet to find the "perfect" light. You should know that there's no inherent flicker issue with LEDs. You may have been using cheap lights (though even those typically don't cause flicker when shooting at 1/50th or 1/60th of a second). A three-light set up is traditional for interviews, but that also doesn't take into consideration lighting your background.


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