Litepanels – On Camera LED lighting for Red carpet Interviews
Litepanels – On Camera LED lighting for Red carpet Interviews

Hey, Guy Cochran, here and we’re going to
jump into the studio and try out a few things. Some of them may kind of surprise
you, right now what we’re looking at is an on-camera light and that
is the light panels and LP micro. This is a little tiny light that runs off
of four double As. Now one of the things that I’m doing here is that I’m cranking
up the gain, and I’ve got the iris all the way open. So, we’re basically
maximizing what the camera can pull off, and we can go with more gain
but more gain equals more grain. Right now, the picture is not going to look
as clean as it possibly could with some of the other lights. So, what I’m
going to do is I’m going to go ahead and turn off the LP micro so that you
can get an idea as to what the background looks like without anything else.
So what we have here is basically a blue background light, lighten
up this window. And I’ve got a low pro-light up here on a C-stand with a
boom arm that’s given me this nice little glow around my hair and shoulders. The next light that we’re going to take a
look at is one of the light panels minis. I’m just going to turn that
on. So the light panel mini is about twice as much money, has a lot more
LEDs on it and this one’s gelled with a tungsten CTO gel. Again, we’re still
at 90 DB, so this is kind of the look that you’re going to get. What we’re
trying to figure out here is we need a solution for one of our customers
that is trying to do some red carpet interviews. So, right now, I’ve got
this C-stand boom arm at 4 feet away. I’ve got a tape measure here on the
ground, I’m exactly four feet away. So look at my arm, 4 feet away, this
is what a light panels mini will do. I actually mounted two of these so let’s
see what happens when we do two. And again, this is full bore, 90 DB of gain
on a Sony FX1. This is a three chip camera with third inch CCDs. So, man,
that’s actually pretty shocking for what it is. So, that’s actually a pretty
nice solution. Two of these. We’ve got it mounted via a bracket1 HD that
allows us a second hot shoot mount so we’re able to hook up these two guys.
So, this isn’t cheap. If you think about it, you’ve got two light panels
minis with batteries, the whole kit we’re talking like two grand. So it’s
not a cheap solution. So, I wanted to show you guys a little bit
some of the other solutions that I thought of for this customer. One is, let’s
try turning off one of these for a second, and I’ve got on a boom overhead
I’ve got another light panels mini. So, light falls off at the distance
squared, so basically if we’re able to cut the distance, if we were four
feet away, actually, I’m more about five right now because this is the four
foot mark, and I’ve got this light at about two feet away so it’s coming
down and it’s giving me some nice overhead light. So now I’ve got two lights
on, let me turn off one of the other ones. So that’s kind of the look
that we can get, and this isn’t bad because I don’t even have any room lights
on right now. So if we were to turn on the house lights, which aren’t
very bright either, there we go. So, that’s a pretty decent look and now we
could even start to turn the gain down. So we’re going to go to 3DB of
gain. This is what 3DB of gain looks like. So, we’re going to have a cleaner
image, 3DB a gain. And the last light is going to be the most
expensive light. This one is going to knock your socks off as to how much
it costs, but it’s called the Ring Light mini, and this is something that
you see in a lot of music videos. There’s a bigger brother to it, the
Ringlite Cinema. So this one is a big circle of LEDs, over 600 LEDs that
mounts to the front of your camera and you can actually turn on just the
top, just the bottom, top and bottom, or the whole ring, or just the center,
the center strip. So I’m going to go ahead and turn this one off, and
I’m going to put the gain all the way down to zero and I’m going to turn
on the ring light. So this is the ring light, and I’m going to have to step
back to the five foot mark here. This is amazing. This is the ring light. You’re able to see what I’ve been looking
at for this customer in particular. He’s going to go shoot a fashion
show so there’s interviews, red carpet interviews, whatever. So, I’m going
to be wearing some nice threads, I’m not going to be wearing anything
too cool, but you could actually see that I didn’t iron the shirt
today, dang. So, you want to be able to see all the detail in the clothing,
and I think that this light is going to probably be his best bet. If he doesn’t
want to do the combi-boom arm thing where you can get the light closer
because he’s going to be doing some run and gun, he’s probably not going
to want to have this big old boom arm that he has to pick up because he’s a
one man band, no assistant. So, I’m thinking, it just goes up. It goes
from the LP Micro, to one mini, to two minis, to the ring light and there’s
an LED for every budget, and it starts out with the LP Micro. You’re going
to have to turn on the gain so you’re going to get a little bit of grain,
but here you can see that if we get the Ringlite Cinema, we can get some great
results. It really helps if you can get a back light. So, what I always
try to do whenever I’m walking into a venue, if I know I’m going
to shoot some interviews with an online camera light, I’m going to try to find
myself a nice background light or backlight so I can get the hair and,
at least, get that separation because here’s what it looks like if we turn
that light off. You know, with no back light you just lose that whole edge.
Of course, it always helps if you have a cool background, too. I’ve just
got a little blue light. A little blue light on gel, but you can see
how kind of boring it all seems to be without. If you notice, I’m looking
up here at a monitor, but it all seems to kind of be drab without a nice background
light. So, all right, that’s going to do it for this
one. Thanks for watching.

13 thoughts on “Litepanels – On Camera LED lighting for Red carpet Interviews”

  1. xeler8r says:

    Excellent review! Very appreciated. Thanks for doing this.

  2. liamleahy says:

    thanks, bruv!

  3. SK Aerials says:

    Good job showing what the lights do by shutting the main off.

  4. David Acampora says:

    Why does your B camera have a way better quality that your A camera? Did you forget to focus?

  5. DVE Store says:

    The B Camera has a lens on it that costs as much as 4 of the A cameras. Panasonic HPX500 vs Sony FX1

  6. David Acampora says:

    Awsome. Why isn't your B camera your A camera then?

  7. DVE Store says:

    Thanks for your comment. The video was originally meant for a customer that had a $4500 "prosumer" camera and wanted to see the look of the Litepanels before he made a buying decision. The $22,000 2/3" camera performs so well in low light that it just wouldn't have been an accurate example of the results that he was looking for. Hope this helps to clarify.

  8. David Acampora says:

    Makes sense.

  9. Luis Alonso Murillo says:

    Nice review, thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Cracking Productions Ltd says:

    Great review guys – many thanks. However could you do it all again and close the door – its driving me crazy? LOL! Just kidding πŸ™‚ Great review.

  11. Rich O Hanna says:

    Excellent presentation , thanks for posting!

  12. Felipe Marrou says:

    Very well done!

  13. innerpurpose says:

    Focus bro. Focus..

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