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Using Broadcast Lighting Equipment

Tecpro Felloni KIT TP LONI D50 Daylight LED Head with soft case and standWhen it comes to Broadcast Lighting it is important to acknowledge that there are two primary goals. The first is to get enough light and the second is to use the light that you have to shape and define the objects in the scene.

A lighting technician will consider a variety of different factors when deciding upon the best way in which to light the stage.

The first question they will likely ask is how big the audience is. The answer that is generally provided is that it is both the number of people that are in the room itself plus the audience that will potentially be watching via the web-stream. Unless you have an unlimited budget though there will however need to be some compromises made and it will be your technician’s job to work out how to make the most of what they have available to them.

For example they will be looking at how they can use light to achieve even-coverage across the stage. Whilst it is important to light the communicator it is also vital that the rest of the stage is also lit. They will also be looking at other light sources already present as they will have an impact. They will wish to familiarise themselves with the temperature of the house lights and may need to make adjustments to their equipment accordingly.

The next thing that they will consider is the number of points that they will be lighting the subject from. Basic two-point lighting only requires a front light and a back light however lighting the subject from various points will not only reduce the amount of shadow but will provide better overall coverage.

The final point to consider in any Broadcast Lighting scenario however is the backlighting of a subject. This is incredibly important as failing to backlight the presenter can result in them appearing flat on the camera or worse still give the impression that they are fading into the background.

When it comes to Broadcast Lighting the most important piece of equipment is of course the camera itself. The main factor with cameras in terms of a technician’s lighting system requirements is the size of the camera’s imager chip. Cameras come in two different chip sizes: 1/3rds and 2/3rds. The larger the chip is the more light that can be processed resulting in a better image being delivered.

The second most important is the lighting equipment. The Tecpro Felloni Daylight LED Head is particularly popular with technicians as it is twice as bright as competing fixtures at just half the price. It scores highly on the colour rendition index and is both lightweight and robust. This model also includes a diffuser as standard which can be used to further soften the light. In terms of power it has two built in battery options plus an external 5.8v – 16.8v input. A mains power supply and a remote cable for the dimmer are also included.

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