Here at cinema5D we spend a lot of time talking about cameras and their accessories – because we’re camera geeks and because there’s been a tremendous development in “affordable” camera technology since the 5D Mark II was introduced over 7 years ago.
On the other hand, there is nothing more important to stunning cinematography than knowing how to light and how to achieve dramatic effects using lighting. This however is hard to teach on a website in theory – it’s something that needs to be learned hands-on, practically, on a set. That’s exactly why online lighting tutorials are rather rare.
Nevertheless, Dugly Habits has created such a lighting tutorial and posted it online, for the Dedolight International Competition 2015. Dedolight produces some of my all-time favourite lights, among them my trusty Dedolight SPS3 Lighting Kit, that travels with me on most shoots, and the PanAura Octodome, a beautiful huge soft light that we hire occasionally to shoot reviews such as this one. Of course Dugly features Dedolights in particular, but most of these effects can also be recreated with similar lights from other manufacturers.
The tutorial is well worth watching, because he creates three completely different atmospheres in one single room, from the same perspective with the same two actors. It’s also funny to see how the story of his “film” progresses with the two actors in the different lighting scenarios.
Dedolight introduces a new kind of LED panel lights that is covered with an array of micro-lenses to improve light direction and focus as well as providing a higher light output.
Dedolight is a company that is focused on creating high quality lights for professional cinematographers. They are known for their versatile and compact tungsten and HMI lights and their continuos efforts to invent new lighting solutions.
In recent years Dedo has been working on making LED lighting available for professional applications. We saw their newest concept at Photokina this year, the LedRama Studio Light. The whole panel is covered by an array of micro-lenses that help focus the light correctly and offer an impressive light output over a large distance. Furthermore the light is very power efficient and according to Dedolight offers a very high color accuracy.
The LedRama light is for now only intended for studio applications as it weighs a shameless 40 pounds (19kg). We are looking forward to see this technology adapted for portable applications.
Pricing will start at $4000 when the LedRama becomes available next year.