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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Light Kit Question...

Hey all...first post here, I'm excited to get involved. I have a quick question.

I am on a budget of about $1,500 and I am looking for a basic lighting kit that can handle a small interview type of shoot. I was checking out some Lowel kits, are they worth the money?

This is the catch, I want to be able to photograph under those same lights. Will it work? I'm kind of a newbie to the whole lighting thing and I'm not sure if lights for video will work for photo to.

Thanks so much in advance for the help, I do apprecaite it.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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I have a Lowell kit and it was worth every cent. They are pretty well thought out and packaged. Mine has gone all over the country and is still holding up pretty well. They also grow pretty well also as more funds become available. Get a kit with a Rifa light in it and that will be great to shoot stills under. I do it all the time. Just set the white balance in the camera for the light that you are using.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #3
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You might also consider fluorescent too when you need a softer look. Hot lights bake your talent in smaller rooms. Much of all this depends upon where you're doing your work, are you traveling to get there, etc. You need portability and durability if your traveling. If you're fixed you have less expensive options available to you. Portability usually equals more money outlay.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 07:56 PM   #4
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$1,500 Light Kit

Vortex Media sells a DVD called "How to Setup, Light & Shoot Great Looking Interviews" Doug Jensen shows you how to light good looking interviews with a "put together" kit for under $1,500. Really works. Definitely worth the price of admission, and I think it would work for stills.

I built a kit with a couple of small variations: I use a Litepanels mini light instead of a reflector because it makes a good fill and eye light.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #5
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I'll have to second Jack's input. I went with the Vortex Media kit and it serves me very well. The one thing that I would ad to this kit is an extra Lowel Pro light and stand. I've found on my last couple of interviews that It would've been nice to throw a contrasting color on the background from another angle. But definitely get ahold of a copy and watch it no matter what you buy, there are some really good tips in there. Also, check out Nino's site He's a newer member here, but an old pro that has probably done interviews that number in the thousands... and he's giving away advice for free. Can't beat that.
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