Color on White with Continuous Light

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When you shoot as much video footage as we do, you definitely need to consider continuous light sources for both still and video. Strobes and Speedlites are great for still work, but motion capture requires continuous light. Bright, full spectrum continuous light can be created with either incandescent or fluorescent lamps. Both work great when placed behind a well-designed softbox with a sheer layer of diffusion like a wonderfully translucent grid-cloth material...

Watch this video clip for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a bridal couture shoot that required simultaneous capture with both stills and HD. I used two FJ Westcott 54" x 72" Shallow Softboxes for Key and Fill, and one 36" x 48" Shallow Softbox as a Kicker. I also had a 72" x 72" Westcott Scrim Jim so I could use a variety of diffusion materials. All boxes were mounted on Westcott TD6 Spiderlites and fitted with six 50-watt daylight fluorescent lamps. I also had a California Sunbounce Big Sun-Bounce silver reflector on hand for a little bounce fill.

Gear Bag:

Video footage:

Both "Principal Photography" and "Behind-the-Scenes" footage was captured with Canon HDSLRs mounted on two different iDC Follow Focus systems. All tripod-based and Back Pack Dolly footage was captured using a 12" iDC SYSTEM ONE fitted with a SmallHD DP6 monitor on a SYSTEM ONE monitor mount. An iDC SYSTEM ZERO Standard was used for all handheld work. Also - last, but not least - we used an iDC Rigging Cage.

Cameras & Lenses:

We used the Canon 24-105mm f4 IS L, 70-200mm f2.8 L IS Series II, and the 100mm f2.8 IS L Macro mounted to Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV bodies.