Hi, I'm new to things that move, but do have some experience as a former Creative Director for print and thus with composing and directing still photography for product shots.
My current business builds augmented reality racetracks. (Sounds cool, but so far it's a money pit Our first commissioned track build is about 30 ft x 16 ft and located in a basement with no natural light and 8 very old fluorescent fixtures. The track is raised 20" above the ground and covers almost the entire floor. We have only 24-36 inches on each side and 4 feet in front of the track.
The track will be used extensively in YouTube videos. To that end, I will purchase about $2000 max of prosumer gear to compliment our Panasonic TM900 camcorder, which is hopefully up to the task. (I cannot invest in/justify a G4/G5 at this time).
I will use a small motorised Pico roller and have it roll along the track for some interesting eye level shots. However, to show the scope of the track, I was considering purchasing a reasonably good fluid head tripod (Manfrotto 502 perhaps) and will use both a small jib and a slider for more professional overhead and panned/zoom shots. I also have a small Steadicam that I may use. Finally, we have in-car cameras that record FPV...here we have extensive experience, but still need to pay attention to the track lighting, as we are severely limited by the quality of the in-car cameras themselves, though they do record in HD.
1) The first problem I see is the fluorescent lights. There are currently 8 fixtures of 2 x 48" bulbs each on the ceiling, which quite low (7' 9")...should I change those out to daylight 5500K, and if so, can you recommend a tube that is good and will compliment the main and fill lights?
2) I have a maximum of $800-$1000 to spend on lighting (+ $1000 for the tripod/slider and jib) not including changing those fluorescents. I do realise that $800 is not much and a third the cost of just one name-brand light in the professional world. But we have ruled out renting, as we will make continuous videos and broadcast races via the Internet and thus want access to our own equipment on demand.
What would you recommend for me in terms of equipment (best "bang for the buck") to supplement the ceiling fluorescents, as this track is quite big and I would like an even light over most of it? Would I also add a light to the jib near the camera, or is that not needed if the room is bright enough?
We want to self-produce good quality prosumer videos for Youtube and Vimeo. They will also form the main "push" for our Kickstarter promo videos. (We will get help for post-production and titling until I'm up to speed with Vegas or other mid-range software). I would like to take on the shooting of the videos myself though, hence trying to get the lighting right, to begin with.
Thanks for your input, Lorne Cherry Reality Raceways
Edited by Lorne Cherry, 06 April 2017 - 09:20 AM.