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Old 09-26-2005, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a video shoot tomorrow with a company that has a minimum of lighting equipment. They are really looking for some soft lighting. I am pretty sure they don't have any umbrellas so I am going to take mine. The problem is mine are for strobes. Is there a difference between umbrellas for hot lights and for strobes? I figure as long as I keep them away from the lights themselves I'll be fine.
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Re: Umbrellas with Hot Lights
Old 09-26-2005, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used umbrellas with hot lights many times...just, yes, keep them extended away from the lights.
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Old 09-26-2005, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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But is there a difference between say Tota-brellas and S&P Umbrellas?
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That I don't know. I use westcotts, and I know when I bought them, I didn't have to buy specific umbrellas for hot lights, I just bought umbrellas that were in stock at the local store.

I can tell you though, if your umbrellas mount right on the light itself as a couple of mine do, DO NOT touch the umbrellas shaft for like 15 minutes after you turn the lights off...unless you like brand marks of course.
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 09-27-2005, 11:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Careful, this could be a fire hazzard. There are special lighting attachments made for video. I would contact the manufacturer.
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, it all worked out. As I suspected no, umbrellas, no spun or diffusion. Thankfully I went loaded for bear, umbrellas, gels, background, clamps, the works. I ended up using all my stuff. Looked great in front of my client and their client. Thanks everybody for the info.
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Re: Umbrellas with Hot Lights
Old 09-27-2005, 05:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if you're looking for soft, ambient light, bounce the hotlights off some foamcore or even the ceiling (if it's not too high, is white, and you want to bring the ambient level up in the whole room) or a wall. then use the hotlights as directional lighting for key and highlights, softened with either scrims or other diffusion and/or gels for color effects.
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Old 09-27-2005, 05:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Scrims? Diffusion?? You must think I'm shooting for a television studio!!! Seriously though, the studio I was shooting for is really an edit facility that sees "...shooting as a neccassary evil...". They tend not to put any money into there location equipment. They went HD with a really nice Sony camera but the rest of their equipment is suspect at best.
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Old 09-27-2005, 05:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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what's the point of having that camera if you don't have the tools to make the images it captures look good? i have a sony hd cam (the HVR-Z1U) and i couldn't imagine not having lighting and grip equipment to take full advantage of the camera's exeptional capabilities. btw, i also have an AVID Media Composer and all kinds of post equipment and I certainly don't look at shooting as a "necessary evil." after all, what'cha gonna edit if there was nothing shot?
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