Grip Tools: Unusual Tools
Let's talk about some unusual lighting tools, and I'm not gonna dig into this too heavily. But, these are just some things that are pretty helpful when it comes to -- this is not grip; this is just things that you might wanna keep in mind to know that they exist. So if you are augmenting ambient lights, meaning you are using fixtures that exist, a lot of times, those fixtures are dim. And when we wanna add lights into it, it's helpful if they balance closer in power to our originals, if you have that option. And that early stuff I showed you in the hallway, I didn't, but it woulda made my life a lot easier had I gone in and replaced all the bulbs. And so when you are working with practical lights, it's helpful if you actually put photofloods in them. They are a more consistent color temperature, and they're cheap, they're not expensive. I mean, you buy a regular photoflood -- you know, they're four or five bucks a piece. They're not expensive. They're slightly more than a regular bulb.
They're gonna give you more consistent color, and they also come in a variety of wattages. So you can buy stuff that is ... Your 75-watt bulb, which is gonna be nice and bright. That's a pretty standard photoflood, but you can go hundreds of watts. Like I think three, 250, I think is where you can get 'em. The downside of the higher wattage bulbs is, obviously, they run brighter and hotter, so they don't last anywhere near as long. You're gonna get a few hours out of that bulb, so know that it's kind of more of a single use when you're using those super bright ones. But 200, 250, that's bright, like, for something that's coming out of a lamp. I would probably suggest sticking to something closer to like a 75. And then what you do is you go buy one of these cheap dimmers, and you hook it into the lamp, and then you kinda hide the plug and you can vary whatever your practicals are with a dimmer switch. And so you can dial in that, the power of that light just exactly as you need it to be. That's a really handy way to work with practicals. Yeah?
Now, do the photofloods come in different color temperatures?
Mm-hmmm. Yes, absolutely, the photofloods are usually around 3,200, usually, but they do have different color temperatures available, yes. They absolutely do, yeah. Standard is like 3200, yeah. But, when you are working with different kinds of lighting, it helps to be aware of these things: CTOs and CTBs, color temperature orange, color temperature blue. And these are all different levels of how blue or warm you wanna manipulate your light. So for example, if you are going from strobe to tungsten, it's about a full CTB. It's a full; it's half, quarter, eighth, right? All these different variations of it. Same with blue, it goes in the opposite spectrum, and you can play with light to tweak the color temperature. This isn't about usually creating aggressive lighting effects; this is about matching the lights. That's usually what you use stuff like this for. This is my little pack of like small color-correction gels that I always keep with me. There's different kind of CTOs, CTBs and color effects in here, and this is just a nice, small pack. I also have like a much bigger pack when I need to bring in added variety. Just really handy to have in your kit. Tape 'em on; there's holders for them as well, but I usually just keep it and tape it on and it works as a way to balance my lights. Okay. Now, I don't actually have this in a slide, but I also wanna touch on the tripod as well. I use a tripod for the vast majority of what you're gonna see. Especially because in one of the situations, it's very dark. Obviously get a tripod head that you're most comfortable with. I personally really like a ball head, because it gives me a lot more of a range of flexibility in terms of how this moves. I can get into position a lot better than unscrew one, tilt forward, unscrew the other. This is just a lot faster for me. But I'm gonna be doing stuff with compositing plates later on. So, for me, it's important that I have something that can rotate cleanly and evenly to help me with that, that stuff later on. Like I said, this is not really like part of this, but a good tripod head and a good tripod is a really worthwhile thing to have as well.