Jump to content


Photo

Par vs. Fresnel vs. Open Faced vs. Redhead

lighting

  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Babette Siobhan

Babette Siobhan

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Student

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

Hi everybody!

 

I am a film student and aspiring DP whose especially interested in lighting. I'm still learning the basics and one step along the way is to get familiar with the types of lights: their specific qualities and differences, best situations for each, common brands, etc. So far I have noticed these categories: Par, Fresnel, Open Faced and Redhead. What are the unique qualities and common uses for each category of light? Are there any other types than these?

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks, 

Babette


  • 0

#2 Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2670 posts
  • Other
  • London

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Just take one into the studio and try it out. Take a 'model' with you and a digital camera and you'll learn more in ten minutes than reading anything here.


  • 0

#3 Babette Siobhan

Babette Siobhan

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Student

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

Mark, I couldn't agree more. I'm currently interning at a lighting and grip house, and luckily have those opportunities. I was looking more for general tips and tricks that are shared between fellow cinematographers. Am I in the wrong place; is there another section of the forum reserved just for that? 

 

Thanks in advance. 


  • 0

#4 Hyun De Grande

Hyun De Grande
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Brussels, Belgium

Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:09 AM

The light of a Fresnel has the sharpest edges, and the most even beam-spread. So the quality of the light is very good, and can be used to light directly at an object/actor. You can control the beam from spot to flood.

 

A PAR (parabolic aluminized reflector) has lesser light quality (the shadow patterns are not as sharp for example) but they usually generate more output for the same wattage. So for example, a 4K Arrisun (= PAR) should have more light output than a 4K Fresnel HMI. Because the quality of the light is poorer, they're normally used through diffusers. 

 

An open face is created purely for its output, and has the poorest light quality of the tree. They're generally used with bounces or also through diffusers.

 

A redhead is an example of an open face armature.


  • 0

#5 Babette Siobhan

Babette Siobhan

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Student

Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:33 PM

Thank you Hyun, I greatly appreciate it. 


  • 0



Gamma Ray Digital Inc

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Technodolly

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Wooden Camera

Willys Widgets

Rig Wheels Passport

CineTape

Paralinx LLC

Visual Products

rebotnix Technologies

Aerial Filmworks

Tai Audio

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Glidecam

Abel Cine

The Slider

FJS International, LLC

Ritter Battery

CineLab

Metropolis Post

Aerial Filmworks

rebotnix Technologies

Visual Products

Technodolly

FJS International, LLC

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Rig Wheels Passport

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Tai Audio

Paralinx LLC

Willys Widgets

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

CineLab

Glidecam

Wooden Camera

The Slider

Abel Cine

CineTape

Ritter Battery

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Metropolis Post