Join Rob Garrott for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting, part of NAB 2015: Navigating the Landscape of Video Production and Post.
(techno music) - [Voiceover] There are a lot of options to building out a production lighting kit. No matter what your location, having a good knowledge of lighting terms and an array of gear to choose from is important. Manufacturers come from all over the world to NAB, making it a great place to find a vast array of lighting tools. Let's start with LEDs. All in all, LEDs have a lot of functionality, but they might be heavier on your wallet than other lights.
The benefit of LED lights is the range of color that they can produce, spanning from tungsten, which is warm, all the way through daylight, which is cooler. The drawback to an LED is that there is a big difference between what your eye sees, and what the camera sees. - We have some products where you can do 3,200 to 10,000 kelvin. You can do full color as far as for washes. You can do reds and blues and oranges and greens, you know. - [Voiceover] LEDs are becoming even brighter. And with some companies like Zylight, ARRI, and Mole-Richardson, you can flood or spot an LED that can get as bright as a 5,000 watt tungsten fresnel, and only drawing half the power of a household outlet.
"Hot" Lights are the oldest lights in the business. When you turn them on, you know what kind of light you're gonna get. They're great for the cost, but require more power and they produce a lot of heat, but you can always rely on their quality, true color temperature, and their reach. With all the benefits of LEDs, you might think you should replace the "hot" lights in your kit, but Mole-Richardson makes it possible to retrofit your old lights with less power-hungry and cooler LEDs. - A retrofitting means you can use your standard, existing Baby or Tweenie Heads and get a new trough with and LED chip.
Put it in there, and now you've got an LED light instead of a power-consuming tungsten. - [Voiceover] Fluorescent lighting is another option. If you don't ned to change color, you can get a lot more light output for a lot less money and power. With fluorescent tubes that range in size, they easily create a very large, beautiful soft source. - Our new ballasts are half the power they used to be. So we're neck and neck with the efficiency and power with fluorescent and LED. The difference is really gonna be how much control you need, and what costs you're willing to put into whatever project.
- [Voiceover] Whether you need LEDs with their variable color range and low power consumption, "hot" lights that provide consistent light with long- throwing distance, or fluorescent lights that give you soft, even light with low power. Your creative goal should always be the driving factor when choosing a light source.