Mole 4k Softlights... what to use them for?
Posted 04 August 2010 - 04:25 PM
This light has got me wondering a bit... how is this beast is actually used? I mean.. at EI 200 it gives me almost a T5.6 when I'm at 3 meters distance... when I switch it down to 2k/2k5 it is still a T4 (as expected).
Nice for lighting a high-key soft-light low-speed-stock/high-speed-framerate video clip. But what else is this used for? It won't be of much use as a fill light at this intensity, and if you back up farther away the light will become harder so it won't be a softlight any more. I'm considering to lamp it down to 4x 800 Watts (needs modifications to the lamp sockets), but I'm still wondering...
So I'd like to hear how you use these lights, what lighting style/stock/T-Stop range etc, if you use them at all.
Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:07 PM
I don't think they get much use, but I like using them for key lights on head-to-toe green screen shoots, maybe punched through a 4x4 opal frame. The color temp is a little warmer than 32k (as is the case with most zip lights) so be careful of that.
Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:11 PM
On stage I use them a fair amount - they're not too soft on their own but if you bang them into a 4x4 you've got an instant book light with less spill...
They can work well for fill if they're right next to camera, primarily in a hard light style lighting set up.
I've also seen them rigged to provide ambiance, although space lights and chicken coops are more common.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:42 AM
Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:37 AM