Theater Shoot: Lighting Gear
We're gonna talk a little bit about the lighting. Don't get scared cause I'm gonna break it all down for you. This is what we used, so we started with three Profoto D1s and five Profoto D1s, sorry, five Profoto B1s. The B1s are the portable 500 watt heads, and the D1s were the 500 watt monolights that plug in. In truth, like they're not changing image quality, that's just what we happened to have. They're all pretty much interchangeable. For my purposes, I'm not looking for a fast recycle time, a tremendous amount of power, so for the most part, all of my lights are around a 500 watt head. In this particular case, because we were running them everywhere in the theater, it was a little bit easier to use B1s because of the portability and the lack of having to plug them in. That was helpful for us. Also, several of these lights are not used as strobes. They are used as constant lights because it was a relatively low power situation, so know that you could have also subbed that out with s...
omething continuous, lamp, whatever, also works. It's just more about working with what ya have. I've got three Profoto D1s, five Profoto B1s. There's also a Pro8A 2400 watt pack, and the reason we had that was to power two MultiSpot Fresnels with a Dedolight DP-1 attachment. This is a very specialty thing. I said that I wanted a spotlight, okay? So, I want a spotlight, how do I make the spotlight? Well, there's not a whole lotta ways to achieve that. You need a spotlight attachment. What Profoto currently offers is they have something called a Dedolight attachment that sits on top of a MultiSpot Fresnel, and it gives you that really hard edge to the spot, so that when the light projects through the space, it gives you the definition. It gives you that actual spotlight edge. They used to make something called a ZoomSpot, which also did that, but they discontinued it several years ago, and they're almost impossible to find. So, this became the solution. Another one that I used to use that I have at home is called a spot projector, and it doesn't have the power behind it because it's a smaller modifier. You can't throw it across a big environment like an open theater, it doesn't work. It's not big enough, not powerful enough. So, what I had to use was the MultiSpot Fresnel with the Dedolight DP, and I had never used one of these before, before this day, so know that. Hey, I need to create this effect, what tool do I need to create this effect? This is all about finding the right tool for the job, right? Knowing what you have to achieve first and then figuring out the tool that you need to achieve it. This was one of those instances. I need a spotlight, great, what do I, what can I use that can throw a spotlight across a theater? That was what I found, that was what we had that was available to rent, and that's what we used. That's how you wanna really address it. Figure out what you gotta do first and then find the solution. So, it's the MultiSpot Fresnels, now the MultiSpots max out at 1200 watt, so we've got the 2400 so that we could plug two of them into a pack and split the power because as soon as you start putting more than 1200 watts into that head, it'll blow it up. You don't wanna do that cause they're expensive. Additionally, we used a Profoto XL Deep White Umbrella to create big soft light, and then I used a five foot Octabox for the main light on my subject, and just to be fun and creative, I used a flashlight. I'm gonna show you what that looks like a little bit later. The flashlight we used as a little bit of a hair light, just cause, so it'll be fun. I'm gonna show you that in just a minute. All right, so this is all the gear. If you are tabbing it up, it's 11. It's 11 lights counting the flashlight.
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