I just love hardware stores. What I have here a a square picture frame painted black that I use to mount different screens, scrims and odd materials that I find in the store. I have pictured different “bug” screens and a plastic square mesh that I found in the garden isle. They all have a unique look when I employ my speed lights through them. The frame snaps apart for easy travel in my 42″ Lightware Cargo Case and all the scrim pieces lay flat on the bottom of the case.
Get crazy try all kinds of different stuff. You just might find something that adds a unique quality to your images.
www.lightbreak.com All different sizes and patterns. They roll up neatly for travel. If you use my snap together picture frames you can build a diffuser/cucoloris to be used with your speed lights while on location. Here is a wooden frame that I leave in the studio and use plastic cardboard to build sides to the frame. I then place a speed light on a stand and power it through this set up. I can get different background effects just by how the head is rotated and how close or far away the head is from the LightBreak pattern. Remember that the zoom level will also change the look. Go ahead … experiment!
Well now, all that power in one Lightware MF1217 (12″x 17″x8″). This is my road kit. It is small and then small and did I mention small? In addition to the Dynalite case, stands, gels, boxes, cables and background go in another Lightware bag. I use a MF2012 case for my speed lights, cameras and lenses. So in all it’s just one for me and two for the assistant.
Yes an assistant. When you are on the other side of 50 it is nice to have the help plus an extra set of eyes to make sure you don’t put salt in your coffee instead of sugar. Having gone to the digital side makes some things easier but a lot of things more expensive and not quite so easy.
I think that lighting has been made easier. Easier in that we don’t need as much power because we are not exposing for 4×5 or 8×10. Good lighting is still necessary and greatly defines those with and without the knowledge or experience. You can have a great deal of finesse using much smaller and lighter tools. I never would have used speed lights for a 4×5 shoot for fear of not having enough juice. But now, they are one of the staples in the location kit.
I recently found this handy little light while at my local improvement store. It runs on three AAA batteries and by adding a couple of hook and loop tabs the the back, it attaches perfectly to the inside of my Lightware camera case. So you are working in a dark set this can be a saver. I found this beauty at Home Depot. It was in the fluorescent bulb isle.
On of Lucas’s locations in far away places. He took this great portrait with a FourSquare and a Nikon SB900 speedlight. Such a nice balance of “flash” light and
available light of Rush Sturges. For more of Lucas’s work check out http://LucasGilman.com
On a earlier post I was talking about the Micro cases to hold my H4N, well now I have turned one into a basic cleaning kit and battery holder. Let your imagination run wild.
While working in LA, I found “Panchro” to be the lens fluid cleaner of choice in the “film” world. This came as a tip from a lens technician in LosAngeles while I was waiting on some rental equipment. Plus, the micro case keeps things “dry” when you pack them with other things. What is not shown, are a few sheets of KimWipes that I keep beneath the lens brush and Pancro.
See another post for my “Bad Day on Location” kit.