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The Priolite is a new studio light from Germany. The cool thing about it is that it has a built-in removable internal battery so it can be used wirelessly just about anywhere. It's powerful, accurate, and easy to control and adjust. Could this be your all-in-one studio and location light? Read on to find out...
We just finished a shoot for a new educational video, produced by Wiley for their brand spanking new website, DigitalClassroom.com. My commercial lighting video will be released in September and covers our 3-day adventure of lighting in the studio and on location in a secret elvin forest ;-) You won't want to miss it!
Until then, here's a sneak peak in to some of the things we did, including putting the Priolite MBX500 to the test with a couple of our models in the studio. The Priolite kit that I got included 2 lights, stands, an umbrella, wireless remote, and a soft box with optional grid attachment. You can run the lights via the battery alone for quite a while, or plug in the charger to keep it running all day while in the studio. It really is nice to eliminate your wires completely – without fear of tripping yourself or your clients while sending the lights crashing to the ground. The feeling of freedom is liberating, like going "commando" in the summer time.
Yesterday I did a hands-on lighting workshop for WPPI Road Show in Atlanta and we covered quite a few things, including some basic lighting concepts – like "Follow your Nose" and "From Ear to Here". These are simply terms I use to help remember some essential rules to creating nice lighting with minimal equipment. Always remember though – rules were made to be bent.
Follow your nose refers to keeping the light source pointing at your subjects nose, especially with crisp and direct lighting, so that the facial shaping is great and unwanted shadows are minimized. Keeping your light source mobile, as in held by an assistant rather than a light stand, makes this much easier.
From Ear to Here refers to the concept I use when lighting with one medium, diffused light source – like a small Octodome, QuikBox, or 5-in-1 disc. If you place your light source as close as possible to the subject, starting at her ear and coming towards the lens (here), and follow the lens angle of view, you have nice facial lighting.
Many of you were asking about some of my favorite gear and where to get it, so I've listed those items here. This is part of my primary lighting kit:
Thanks for being there, if you were there! If you weren't, I hope to see you at a future workshop ;-)
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