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#1 Chris Barnard

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:53 PM

Hi all,

I've graduated from filming large weddings into doing more corporate stuff and now have been asked to shoot 20 classes of fitness stuff in outdoor locations in St Lucia.

The previous 10 I did for the same company I shoot carefully with the aid of the sun and reflectors. But when we have to shoot on darker days I would like something to brighten up the whole set. I also would like to be able to light a beach set with the sunset behind the presenter and participants.

My business is in St Lucia so rentals are out of the question. Normally I fly to New York and go to B&H when I need more equipment.

I imagine I would need many thousands of watts! I've read up on HMI's and flourescents and so on, but I want to know the opinion of some experts here on this forum!

I'm not an expert so I need your help!

Any suggestions would be most gratefully received.

Thanks,

Chris
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#2 Chris Barnard

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:32 PM

I imagine two 1.2K or 1.5K HMI's would fit the bill but they are very expensive.

Surely if I were to build a substrate that would hold many CF lights - I could output that sort of wattage.

But I'm guessing there is a fundamental difference between the two approaches in terms of how the light is put out...

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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 10:28 PM

Honestly, I'd be starting with 4K or 6K HMI pars, depending how large of an area you're dealing with. Power will be an issue, cost another, but you'll want higher output for nice soft lighting for fill, and something you can knock down with scrims if need to-- I'd rather have too much light which I can get rid of, than too little and be stuck wanting badly
CFL or floros of any kind won't work, not nearly enough punch against the sun at any kind of distance (save for the Parabeam, I'm told) and while you could do Tungsten lighting, the power requirements will up as CTB will knock down 2 stops.

You also don't mention what camera system/how many you'll be working with.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 12:10 AM

Hi Adrian - thanks for the reply.

Yes I imagined that it would have to HMI.

I'm using three Sony Z5's. One on a dolly, one on a crane, and one static wide.

Virtually all shoots will have access to mains power.

Cost of the lights is the real issue for me!

We will be shooting about 10 feet back from the classes, which themselves encompass a 20 x 20 ft area.

4K and 6K must be horrifically expensive to buy!

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Chris
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