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Old October 30th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #31
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Hi Tom

Over here when they turn down the lights they usually just switch them off!!! The only available light is the flashing coloured lights from the DJ!!! I have yet to see any mood setting done at a wedding in this part of the world!! The mood even with an LED bank is still very romantic and intimate, far better than the videographers who still snap on 4 x 100w halogens over the dance floor and turn night into day. The on-cam light mainly highlights the couple and the background is still romantic and I have never yet had anything but good feedback from brides about their first dance. Used correctly it works very well indeed and a far better solution than hi-powered lights.

My particular one doesn't dim as such but is made up of 4 banks of 12 LED's which can be switched in or out to give the couple decent illumination without killing the ambience.

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Old October 30th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #32
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I don't think that's the case. When they dim the reception hall light and you have your camera light, that makes the dancing couple become the focal point in the room. That's more of what they want.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Tom Hardwick View Post
Chris, surely the ''lifesaver at receptions especially when they turn down the lights for the first dance'' somewhat defeats the object? They've turned down the lights for the romance, and you bump them up again. But I know what you're thinking - if they want this recorded there are sacrifices to be made.
What I do for the first dance, is to use a dimmer on my lights that I just set it to the minimum illumination so the recorded image is acceptable but still to have the low light romantic mood. Ofcourse I have a low light sensitive Z5 camera.

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