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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
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3-Point Lighting, Spotlights, Snoots for Video Lights

07 December 2014 - 12:05 PM

I've been looking for a 3rd light to use as a back light in a 3-point lighting setup for macro with my 2 Keldan Luna 4X lights as key light and fill light. The idea is that the 3rd light shines from behind, creating a halo effect, making the subject pop out from the background.


I was originally looking at spotlights, but struggling to find something near the colour temperature of the Keldans and a narrow beam. The nearest I've come is the RGBlue System 01 with the RGB-SA01 searchlight adapter (lower down that page), which narrows the beam to 30 degrees. It's more expensive and larger than I was originally looking for. There are narrower and/or smaller lights than this but usually a much higher colour temperature.


Then I got to thinking of a snoot for the back light (and for typical snoot shots), and I notice that there is a reductive snoot kit available for the RGBlue.


Are there any transmission snoots (fibre optic) that could be used with the RGBlue light?


And while we're at it are there any snoots, either reductive or fibre optic, that could be used with the Keldan Lun 4X? The outside diameter is 72mm.


Finally, anyone tried 3-point lighting or snoots for underwater video, or have any thoughts on it?

Mucky Secrets - IN FULL - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait

02 November 2014 - 07:41 AM

Following on from my serialisation, here is my full 90-minute documentary about the marine life of the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.


Subtitles are available for both the narration and the names of the marine species and dive sites.


If you disagree or wish to add to any of the content, do please comment. Feedback is always appreciated.


Feel free to share and embed anywhere.




Worm from Lembeh

17 August 2014 - 09:26 PM

Can anyone tell me what the worm starting at 06:56 in this video from the Lembeh Strait might be? I mean the greenish one on the far right of the clip. Thanks


How to edit GH4 C4K footage in Sony Vegas Pro on an ancient computer

04 June 2014 - 12:23 AM

If you use Sony Vegas Pro, I established a workflow that overcomes Vegas' import bug for various GH formats, and allows C4K etc. footage to be edited via proxies, even on an ancient computer like mine.

Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

10 April 2014 - 02:58 AM

In September 2007 I took my old Sony HVR-Z1P to the Lembeh Strait for 9 days and came back with a ridiculous amount of footage of a ludicrous number of critters. Six and a half years later, I've finally made a documentary of it. Speed of post-production is not one of my strengths :sleepbig:


Last year I posted a prologue video. Now, finally, here is the first episode, which introduces Lembeh's location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, and takes a look at corals and tunicates. If it's OK, I'll post future weekly episodes on this thread.


The camera was in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with a flat port, and I used a Century +3.5 achromatic diopter for most of the macro shots. I used Light & Motion Elite (halogen) lights on most shots.


As always, honest feedback is welcome - positive, neutral or negative.