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    Lighting for video

    Last week I had a bash at taking some go pro in Holme Bank, this was with the GP on a hand mount and either my head mounted or hand mounted LFM 1200 LM torch.

    Predictably the results were less than inspiring, I am not far enough into my OHE career to risk filming in somewhere like Aber Las but just interested to know how much light as a minimum is feasible, also how do torches and video lights differ?

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    Typically it’s the angle of the beam. Torches tend to have a narrow beam with a hotspot in the middle whereas video lights tend to be very wide angle with no hotspot.

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    Look for high cri (90+) - also placement of lights makes a huge difference to quality of video

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    FWIW I use a Go Pro3 and lighting is from hand held Greenforce Hepstar LED. The Hepstar is not a video light. However good light positioning means thet the hot spot can be avoided and the light or at least some of the light is focussed on the target zone of the video image with back ground areas receiving less light. The effect will not be to everyone's style or taste but it works for me.
    A head mounted torch is going to be a right pain to keep the light focussed on one area while taking the video.
    I have considered lighing trays to hold the lights but trays seem like a lot of faff for the video quality that I want.

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    Thanks Ian, how many Lumens is your torch please and whats a cri Graham?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    Thanks Ian, how many Lumens is your torch please and whats a cri Graham?
    Google is your friend Its a measure of light quality - just amount (lumens/lux or your chosen measure) is not enough if you want your videos to look nice. you probably want something in the 5000k range too (roughly daylight colour temperature)

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    Tempted to buy lights for my Gopro. Something similar to this

    Did ok in the Red sea but no idea if it would give decent results here. Then again at 20 I might just buy it and try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    Google is your friend Its a measure of light quality - just amount (lumens/lux or your chosen measure) is not enough if you want your videos to look nice. you probably want something in the 5000k range too (roughly daylight colour temperature)
    http://www.green-force.co.uk/DiveTorches/Kits.html
    http://www.lumb-bros-das.co.uk/acatalog/Contact_Us.html
    Hopefully Wally, Paul or Rob can assist


 

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