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#1 David Grantham

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

On my micro-budget HD dramas I sometimes need to fill in shadows on the spot, usually in closeups. Interiors mostly but I'll need this for exteriors too - maybe more. If a light can provide fill in longer shots, so much the better, but it's for the closeups where it's crucial.

I'm looking at a couple of on-camera LED options. From what I can tell all specs are the same but for the proportions.

One's 4.5x7.5", the other 3.5x10". (Any smaller light than these and shadows are visible with movement.) .

Any recommendations? NO local source to try each out, and I'm wondering how the performance will vary between the much narrower/longer one and the squarer one, but I"m leaning toward the longer - seems to me it's the least likely to cause shadowing around a nose (though perhaps at the expense of evenness in the frame vertically...)

(Not inclined to go with a ring light because I don't see the absence of any shadowing being worth giving up the possibility of lighting from a direction. Open to challenge on that.)

Any thoughts, experience?

thanks.
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