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Old November 18th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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Kessler Crane Testimonial

A testimonial I did for Kessler using the Canon XHA1 and Letus Ultimate.

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Old November 18th, 2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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Great video testimonial. It works too, now I want one.

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Old November 18th, 2008, 08:13 PM   #3
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your testimonial makes me want to play with my kessler crane. I purchased an 8 foot crane for a particular shot, and it worked perfectly. I did have to make a minor modification to it. I wanted a camera to look over someones shoulder, and video what was on the table in front of her. I needed the camera to aim straight down. I made a new sidepiece to allow this, and it worked better than I had hoped. another happy kessler crane customer. now my camera can point up, down, or the traditional way by simply moving a single bolt, about 20 seconds of time. (hint hint kessler)
I love the testimonial, especially the sideways shot in the grass.
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Stephen are you British?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #5
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No, Irish :) I'm from Dublin.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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Can you speak to your technique for the hair light?

I know lighting, in theory. However I don't get much chance to experiment. So, where is the single-CFL hair light in reference to your head? Directly behind and below? How far down from the shoulder line? And how far back?

I try using a hair light in my videos and I just can't seem to get the "glow" along the top edge of the head. My equipment is limited, but I managed to appropriate two two Lowell Tota 800W units from the photographer here, and when I try to use one for the hair light I usually just end up cooking the back of my talent's head.

No, I don't have anything resembling a soft box yet. Hopefully I can build one and soften up these lights a bit.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #7
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Actually, because the setting is so dark, I was able to place the light stand directly behind my head and not make it obvious. So the hair light is directly above and facing down on my head, maybe about 2 feet up.

Ideally, I would have faced the key light a little more but the refection in my glasses was too much so I just opted for more of a side light. Also, I would have used a reflector to brighten up a little of the darkness in the center of my face.
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