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Old May 24th, 2004, 07:14 PM   #1
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Advice for wedding dance

I am taping my first wedding dance soon using my new Bescor 50 watt (dimmable) light. I will be using this light with a GL1. The dance floor will be dark besides the DJs lighting. My question is this, how close will I need to be to the couple dancing with a 50 watt light in order to get decent footage? Thanks for your help.
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Old May 24th, 2004, 08:35 PM   #2
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Do some tests. Find a friend. Stand in a dark room.
Fire up the camera and the light. See what works best.

When you start making some profit, buy a second light and a fairly tall stand. Now you have a back light. This will make your wedding videos stand out from everyone else's. Just be careful to position yourself to avoid flair.
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Old May 24th, 2004, 08:53 PM   #3
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How fast is your camera?

50 watts doesn't sound like much but, up close, it is a Flamethrower!

You will probably have to dim the light considerably, especially if you are going to be up close and personal. I know that it is difficult, but try to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Good luck, RB.
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Old May 24th, 2004, 09:06 PM   #4
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I have a Bescor 50W non dimmable that I use a softbox/diffuser with to bring it down to about 20W and thats plenty at about 10-12 feet using a PD150. For news type stuff I'll go with the full 50W but for most everything at a wedding reception its diffused as described above and it works fine.
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