Master The Three Challenges Of Location Lighting
(Cinematic Lighting Lesson 09)
Summary: Shooting on location has it’s drawbacks when setting up lights: supplying power, rigging the lights, and various access issues. In this video Ryan takes you through these challenges then gives you ways to overcome them so they don’t slow you down.
Length: 6:34 minutes
Before we get into location lighting, it’s important to be aware of three challenges you’ll face any time you shoot on location: power, rigging, and access. In this video I’ll show you how to master those three challenges so that you can walk away with cinematic images and still make your shoot day.
Challenge #1: Power
The first challenge is of course power. When you’re out on location, power is usually limited to what the location provides. In the US, houses can range from 100 amps to 200 amps of service, and that is broken down into either 15 amp or 20 amp circuits. While that may sound like a lot of power, its distribution throughout the location can greatly impact the production.
Typically, the electrical department will take care of routing power to the lights. But if you’re on a small crew and you’re responsible for running power, then know the how much power your lights draw so you don’t overload a circuit. Don’t forget: when you’re out on location, there is a good chance other things are plugged into the circuit you’re using. Account for this as you’re doing the math. If you’re not familiar with the math, or circuits, then hop on over to the lighting foundations series where we walk you through it.
If you don’t have enough power or circuits available to you at a location, here are three solutions...
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Camera / Audio
- Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
- Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter – Canon EOS (EF / EF-s) to Sony E-Mount
- Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte Box
- Tilta FF-T03 15mm Follow Focus with Hard Stops
- Sachtler Panorama 7+7 Head 100mm (similar head: 1006 DV 10 SB Fluid Head)
- Sachtler Carbon Fiber Tripod (similar tripod: Carbon Fiber HD Tripod Legs)
- MYT Works 4′ Medium slider w/ HiHat
- Hollywood Beefy Baby Stand (8.5′) (two, to raise the MYT Works slider)
- Movcam Cage for Sony A7S
- Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
- Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Color Meter
- Wooden Camera A/B Gold-Mount Plate for Sony A7, A7r and A7s
- Audio Technica AT835b Shotgun Microphone (similar microphone: Audio Technica BP4071 Shotgun Microphone)
- Wooden Camera DSLR A-Box
- Delkin Devices 64GB SDXC Memory Card 600x UHS-I
- DSC Labs One Shot Reference Chart (Matte Finish)
Behind the Scenes (BTS) Cameras
- GoPro Hero3 Black (similar camera: GoPro HERO4 Black)
- Motrr Galileo: App-Driven Motorized Head w/ GoPro Mount
- Sony Alpha SLT-A57
- Filmcity DSLR Camera Cage Shoulder Rig kit (FC-03)