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Old January 23rd, 2017, 10:54 AM   #1
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Lighting For Interviews / Talking Heads

Hi all!

First, this forum has really been helpful throughout the years, thanks for taking the time to help me out!

Currently I have some Britek 300/600 watt Tungsten Lights with soft boxes that look pretty nice for interview / talking heads shoots. I recently bought a few extra ones because some of my 10 year old ones were going out. Realized I might want to look into LED too.

A few years ago I bought some Ikan LED panels but they don't diffuse like a softbox unfortunately so I returned them. I like how cool they were and the color temperature adjustments.

What are people using for talking head lighting set ups these days? The Britek bulbs don't last super long and its $20 a bulb. Looking for a longer lasting set up. Open to LED but not sure if its able to perform like a softbox. Thanks in advance!
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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Re: Lighting For Interviews / Talking Heads

I'm a big fan of point-light sources, the monoblock style lights with COB (Chip On Board) technology. If it's got a Bowens mount then it's even more versatile, since you can add on dozens of affordable modifiers. Fresnel lights are nice for the throw, but for diffusion, I like the Alzo Digital 3000 series, CAME-TV has a Boltzen line that is affordable, as does Aputure Throw on a softbox and grid and you've got a powerful, beautiful light.
My recommendation is to go with daylight balanced if you're shooting on-location at offices. Most of them have windows, so you won't have to worry about gelling your lights to match incoming daylight.

Somewhat of an older review I did of my Alzo 3200 here:
I now have their higher CRI ultra-low noise version.
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Old January 24th, 2017, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Lighting For Interviews / Talking Heads

I purchased some edge lit FLAPJACK LED lights from FOTODIOX a couple of years ago and love them.

They are small, ultra compact, cool, and soft.

I posted this a few years ago but thought that I would copy and paste my experience with them.

I had a simple black limbo interview to shoot in a small boardroom today so I brought along a pair of new Fotodiox LED Flapjack 300R lights to try out and was very impressed with the outcome.

Nice soft light with plenty of output for a closely lit interview.

Since these lights don't have much throw then they also helped with light spill onto the back backdrop, which was only 2 feet behind the interviewee.

I am attaching a picture that is untouched to show the outcome of the shoot. The only issue I had was that I brought the wrong hair light which was too hot even turned down all the way.

Since my previous purchase I have also picked up the smaller Flapjack C200S for on camera and hair light purposes. Love them.

Now for lighting for interviews they are great. For lighting rooms and such, not so much as they have a lot of spill and are not strong enough to light up backgrounds. For traveling they rock.
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