The business of supplying constant light for video recording is not just confined to the studio with big panels, soft boxes, or banks of light. It can also be needed out in the field.
|Smaller Solutions - Part Four
Two Phottix products currently on the Stirling Street roster would seem to be very elegant answers to the problem. I noted them on the floor and again up in stock in the storeroom.
a. The Phottix Nuada P is a 250mm x 100mm soft LED panel on front and a digital control on the back . Colour temperature can be adjusted between 3300º Kelvin and 5600º Kelvin with a power output of 860 Lux. Small and intimate, it would be ideal for vlogging and other close encounters. There is a shoe mount on the bottom as well.
Note that the light has been attached to the shop display rack with the Phottix umbrella mount. This is an all-metal bracket that is very good value for money and contains a number of safety features like spring buttons to prevent you dropping the lights at an inadvertent time. You can get short or long versions.
b. The Phottix Kali 50
is more ambitious - providing the same colour selection as the smaller light but more power - 1800Lux.
As well, there is a sturdy support bracket attaching to a standard light stand socket. Add to this the effective barn doors and the remote controller, and you have a useful main light or spot for studio work.
Add one or two NP batteries - and it will take different sizes - and you can go out into the field for hours. I am particularly taken with the idea of using these for spot or hair lights that can be varied from the shooting floor with the remote control...meaning you do not have to crawl up a ladder to reset them. I'm no real fan of the remote controls in our house as they are all too easy to lose but this one has real ergonomic appeal.