July 21, 2016 at 12:32AM

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China ball lamp with portable LED?

I'm making a music video for someone soon.
I believe it will be mostly outdoors at night. (I will be getting LED light gels to affect the light.)
(The client is inspired by this music video look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEG2VTHS9yg)

I've been looking at a China Ball lamp, as per a recommendation. However, might light needs to be portable, and I'm not sure how a small (Neewer) LED would fit properly.

Finally, I was told another way to diffuse is point the light through a reflector (my understanding). Would that be a better option?

Thank you!

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(And also, it's worth mentioning I haven't learned how to do all those music video effects in premiere).

July 21, 2016 at 12:34AM, Edited July 21, 12:34AM

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Steven Ponec
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Hey Steven, we use a china ball setup for our corporate interview shoots. While they do a great job at diffusion, they are also as delicate as all get out. Having one as your mobile light might be more trouble than it's worth. Especially if you're shooting outside in any kind of wind or rain. The trick we use sometimes is to get a roll of parchment paper straight from the grocery store (make sure it's the translucent white kind, not the brown kind they sell at natural food stores :-). Parchment paper does a great job as a budget light diffuser: it's cheap, it's heat resistant, it's fairly durable, and if it gets ruined you just rip off another sheet from the role. You can layer multiple sheets to increase the amount of diffusion.

March 4, 2017 at 9:04AM, Edited March 4, 9:04AM

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Bryan Howell
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Oh jeez, just now noticed the date on this question. Well, um, maybe it'll help someone else someday :)

March 4, 2017 at 9:06AM, Edited March 4, 9:06AM

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Bryan Howell
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