I'm often asked how to light a scene or an interview with LED lights...
My answer is always the same...you don't light differently because you are using LED's.
Light is light is light!
You can think of light in 3 ways: Quality, Output, Colour
Light Quality is either hard light or soft light. Light Output is either bright or dim Light Colour is either Tungsten (warm/orange) or Daylight (cool/Blue)
So when choosing lighting tools it's important to factor in these three criteria.
The next consideration is how you want to power your lights.
Recently I've been using increasing amounts of LED because they can be battery powered and you can place small lights in tight spaces.
For example I used a small LED panel from F&V recently on a high budget demo reel. It was a small bi-color lamp called a Z180S I used it to simply add some fill to Sara's face and hid it behind the mirror so it would not be in shot.
Watch us in action
In a recent Lighting class in Sydney, Ming NG from Rode Mic's attended the class and kindly shot and cut a BTS film. It really shows you what goes on when we spend 2 days lighting with a variety of lighting fixtures and situation. If you need any convincing this video will help you make up your mind :)
Last Lighting Workshops Dates of 2013
November London - 2 day hands on Lighting Class Nov 25-26 held at Radisson Blu, London Stansted http://www.fstopacademy.com/2-day-cinematic-production-lighting-november/
London - 3 day 3 day Advanced Documentary Intensive Nov 27-29 held at Radisson Blu, London Stansted http://www.fstopacademy.com/advanced-cinematic-documentary-intensive-london-november/
December Los Angeles - 2 day hands on Lighting Class Dec 5-6 held at Abel Cine in Burbank
New York - 2 day hands on Lighting Class Dec 16-17 held at Abel Cine in Greenwich NYC http://training.abelcine.com/event/cinematic-production-lighting-workshop-with-den-lennie-new-york/
New York - 3 day Documentary Intensive Dec 18-20 held at Abel Cine in Greenwich NYC http://training.abelcine.com/event/cinematic-documentary-intensive-with-den-lennie-new-york/
Here are just a small sample of what previous attendees have to say...