February 13, 2017 at 2:00PM

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Broad Soft Studio Style Light - that Travles?!

Hi,
Most of my projects are 3 camera exercise video shoots mostly done in an exercise studio - about 20 x 15 performance space - with 2 Alzo Overhead Drum Lights and 2 Alzo Pan L Quad lights with diffusion - all fluorescent daylight.

This gives me a great broad soft light with hardly any shadows at all - which is exactly what I need.

The problem is - I often have to go shoot this same scenario in other studios - and this stuff doesn't travel well at all.

Any suggestions for a traveling kit that would work for this? Many thanks.

Current Setup and example of results:
https://screencast.com/t/LciTUpTwL

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I'm not sure what you expect but your equipment is about as portable as it gets. The drum lights aren't well-suited for what you're doing though as they send glare in all directions. You may want to get a couple more pans and a couple C-stands with booms so you can light entirely from the floor.

Some LED floods will make for a smaller foot print in your car but take more time to set up in the studio because you will have to add large soft boxes to get the diffusion you want.

A little bit of unsolicited criticism; your look is pretty good but if you put the pans a little wider apart and maybe a touch closer, it will help fill in the sides better.

February 14, 2017 at 7:54AM, Edited February 14, 7:54AM

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Many thanks. The big air travel problem with what I've got is the flourescent bulbs - I'd have to take them out and pack them somehow. I tried to figure out a way last time and finally gave up and took some crappy led lights - which were... crappy.

I do have some black velcro flags for the drumlights but I've never noticed any glare. Maybe I'll put those up anyway. Will totally take your advice on the pan placement.

Appreciate your time - thank you.

February 15, 2017 at 6:28PM

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Angelo Gianni
FusionDigitalMedia.us
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Ah, you didn't mention you were traveling by air, I see your dilemma. What about four tungsten pans with diffusion filters? The color is better any way.
I agree that LEDs aren't quite there yet but I've been impressed with their progress. I prefer the newer generation of LEDs over fluorescents, though they're more expensive.

February 16, 2017 at 6:44AM

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Everything I own is daylight and often at these exercise studios there are tons of windows etc... I'd love to have everything in my kit be the same. the omni and tota bulbs I've dealt with in the past were pretty fragile too. And so hot. And power hogs - and I don't always have many options as far as power in these places... dunno - I think led is really my only option...

I'm thinking about either some really high powered good cri leds with some of those collapsible softboxes - like these are 10,000 lux at 1 meter:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1172653-REG/aputure_ls1sv_light_s...
and if i can find some that fit:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1258826&gclid=Cj...

or - a bit less power, but pretty compact - and a ton more hassle with the softboxes - but probably better soft light:
https://store.aputure.com/products/LS-C120t-Kit-1?variant=35288744198
and
https://store.aputure.com/collections/lighting-kits/products/light-dome

Lots of other companies making the same sort of stuff. Alzo, Flolight... but I can't afford more than two lights - and i'm just not sure that's going to do it.

February 16, 2017 at 4:27PM, Edited February 16, 4:27PM

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Angelo Gianni
FusionDigitalMedia.us
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In your case, I would get 4-5 LED panels (wireless control seems like overkill) and arrange them in an arc centered on the subject. You can use clothes pins to affix frost gels to the barn doors. About the only time I've used actual soft boxes is with Fresnel lamps. On that note, just about any current LED fixture will have better CRI than any fluorescent tube.

February 17, 2017 at 7:31AM, Edited February 17, 7:33AM

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