April 4, 2016 at 3:51PM, Edited April 4, 3:54PM


Single Overhead Light

I'm looking to set up a single overhead light for a subject to stand under, leaving him lit with the rest of the room remaining pitch black. This shoot will take place on location so I don't have much time to experiment. I'm wondering what would be the best way to pull this off and have it as portable as possible, whether it just be an adjustable light stand, c-stand etc.


You need to devise a portable "skirt" to hang below your light source to stop the light from spreading. There are commercial products available but you can definitely DIY this with a little bit of work. ( I've seen people do this with a "china ball" hung on a boom with a black "skirt" draped over it to prevent the light from spreading )

Here's a Chimera Lantern to give you an idea of what it looks like...

Chimera Pancake Lantern Softbox with Skirt

April 4, 2016 at 6:07PM, Edited April 4, 6:08PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Sounds like portability and cost effectiveness are important to you...

I've done a lot of messing with par can style lighting, and never get the results I need quickly. If I were you I'd opt for a battery operated, dimmable, color changing light that you can remotely adjust (in case you have to mount it really high up). I've found these lights can go for hours on a single charge at full brightness:


April 7, 2016 at 1:58PM

Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker

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