no1 video company durban, lighting on set

Hi guys

Welcome to no 1 video company durban, www.gcv.co.za, lets talk video lighting.  When are lights used and for what purpose? How has lighting on set changed over the last 20 years?

I will tell you when I was studying 1997 – 1999, there were 2 lights available for us to use, Redheads and Blondes.

redhead

A redhead is a 800 watt tungsten light with barndoors, a very sturdy light that was used wherever a shoot was going on.  Adjustments allow movement for the light as well as a bulb adjuster which moves the bulb forward and back therefore more / less spot.

Now, if a stronger light was needed we used a Blonde, this was a bigger light, brighter and heavier than the Redhead.

Blonde

The Blonde is a 200 watt tungsten light ideal for stage lighting or needing to light a big area.  It has a similar design to the Redhead with barn doors, adjustable parts and both lights mount onto light stands.

Now I am sure you can figure out the names given to the lights…red for the red casing and blonde for the blonde / yellow casing.  I dont recall using the Blonde too much, our video shoots were smaller and more intimate.  These lights are still used on sets to day but over time lights have made advancement with LED  (light emitting diode)

GCV lights 1

So the above is typically what is used today, LED panel on a light stand either plugged into power or battery operated.

The lights brightness can be adjusted as well as the colour temperature (outdoor / indoor light).  These lights can run on battery which means no cables which is a big positive.  And they last very long due to LED low power usage.  So today LED is the way to go.  Another positive for LED is they emit very little heat compared to Redhead or Blonde.  LEDS seldom ever need to be replaced unlike tungsten bulbs.

I hope the above helps when you deciding what light to use.  We will discuss using lights in the next blog.

Until then guys…happy filming

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