On Location: Lighting and Accessories

Portability and light weight are the key features of location equipment for use on simple shoots.

A recce of a location will indicate the level of lighting required. A kit of three or four small spotlights and one or two lightweight 2 kW spotlights, all with lightweight stands, would meet most needs. Large interiors may require additional lights to be hired, together with a generator if local power is inadequate or unavailable.

A battery-powered lamp can usefully fill dark corners or provide localised contrast control. HMI, MSR and CID lamps are discharge lamps with an approximately daylight colour temperature. They are high intensity sources but are expensive, discharge sources are usually hired unless ...

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