Daylight Balanced Continuous Lighting
When it comes to using daylight balanced continuous lighting, Damien Lovegrove it an expert in the field. With a wealth of experience, he continually strives to share this knowledge with the next generation of professional photographers. So if you're looking for advice on what light to choose or need training in continuous lighting kit systems then you've come to the right place.
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Continuous 5600K lighting, plus portable tungsten lighting options
We stock daylight balanced continuous lighting solutions from Lupolux as well as traditional tungsten continuous lights from Arri and Lowel. They all offer something different for the professional wedding or portrait photographer.
Take a look at our great value choice picks of the best continuous lighting systems on the market today.
What are the key features and benefits of using daylight balanced lighting?
The key features of using a daylight balanced continuous light source as opposed to a tungsten light source is the quality of the light produced. Daylight balanced HMI and LED lights are extremely efficient and require much less power consumption to produce a brighter light. The light is a pure white light that closely matches the colour temperature of daylight, hence their name.
Daylight lighting is used to replicate or boost the quantity of available ambient light to give your images a more naturally lit look. If you're in a dark room with little ambient light and sky is overcast with clouds, then rigging a single Lupolux light can transform your photography. The light will add sunlight when you need it most, so your interior portraits can look like a bright summers day a year round.
Damien will often use light modifiers to create interesting lighting effects in his photography. Together with a cool light source these modifiers enhance the illusion of naturalistic lighting. The techniques are explained on Damien's Hollywood Portraits training video and the tools he uses include venetian blinds, lace fabric, coloured gels, barn doors etc.
If you are looking to buy a daylight balanced light, take a look at Lupolux lights. With Damien Lovegrove's technical expertise and the fact we are now the sole UK distributor for Lupolux lighting we can guarantee great customer support.
Features of Lupolux Spot Daylights
• Beautiful cool light rendering
• Flood and spot control
• Simple to use
• All the benefits of continuous lighting
• Super lightweight construction
• Small and compact
• Vastly more affordable than other HMI lighting
• Quiet running ideal for videographers* (except 1200 model)
>> Take a look at the Lupolux lighting range here.
Comparing the Lupolux 800 with an Arri 300w Junior Fresnel
Damien compares the most popular continuous light sources for portrait and wedding photographers.
Hollywood film stages were often lit to 1000 Lux using big luminaries typically 5kw & 2.5Kw lights suspended on pantographs. Fortunately we can get a similar look in a smaller space using smaller continuous lights. I love using the fresnel lensed lights from Lupolux and Arri. The Lupolux 800 and Lupolux 1200 are daylight balanced continuous HMI lights and will give about the same light level as was used to create the classic Hollywood images at a working distance of about 4m from light to subject.
I have found that typical exposures are 1/60th at f/4 with ISO 400. If you opt to use tungsten lighting, the Arri 1kw, 650w, 300w and 150w fresnels are the best tools to use. Expect to be working at a lower light level with tungsten lights with a typical exposure of 1/30th second at f/4 and ISO 400.
Damien uses both HMI and tungsten lights on location choosing to match the ambient colour temperature in the room. This is often HMI by day when light levels are higher anyway and tungsten by night when candles, table lamps and chandeliers illuminate the ambient scene.
The Lupolux 800 on the left utilises an HMI bulb to generate its pure white light. The bulb will last for approx. 12,000 hours. HMI is a very energy efficient lamp type and the Lupolux 800 at just 150w gives the equivalent quantity of light to a 800w tungsten source, hence it’s name. It is easy to convert the Lupolux’s daylight to a tungsten colour balance simply by clipping a gel to the barn doors. A full CTO (colour temperature orange) gel will cut out about 1 stop of light and this will make the light output just a bit brighter than the Arri 300.
The Arri 300 is a smaller and more robust light by comparison yet still delivers a fabulous beam from its fresnel lens. The Arri bulbs last for about 150 hours and cost £12 or so. I get through about three or four a year. So the cost of ownership over a ten year period of both lamps will be about the same.
A guide to exposure values when using Lupolux spotlights
Damien explains his exposure findings using Lupolux lights.
The output of the Lupolux spotlights depends upon the size of your subject. Unlike a flash head, the Lupolux spotlights have a flood and spot control. This means at a given distance, the amount of light can vary enormously depending upon where you set that control. For example, a Lupolux 1200 on full spot could easily give ISO 200, 1,125th at f/4 at about 25m distance but it would still only light the same area as the same lamp on full flood from 3m. An example of some commercial shots taken with the Lupolux 1200 and 800 together, then mixed with a splash of flash can be seen here.
I can shoot headshots using the Lupolux 400 spotted in and work at ISO 200, 1/125th at f/4. If I want to shoot full length I can use the Lupolux 800 and work at ISO 400, 1/60th at f/4. If I want to reflect the light or use a gobo I tend to use the Lupolux 1200 and then I'm shooting at ISO 800, 1/60th at f/4. If I shoot with the Lupolux 1200 direct at full length then I can work at ISO 200, 1/60th at f/4 or 1/125th at f/2.8. For my hand held work lit with Lupolux lights, I usually end up on ISO 800 and I regularly shoot at f/2.8 because I love the look at that aperture.
I rarely light my subjects conventionally so I often use my Lupolux spotlights from beyond my subject pointing back towards the camera. I also select the power of the light needed by the amount of ambient light in the room rather than the exposure values that I want to shoot at. If I'm in a dark room and I want to keep the low key look I'll go for the Lupolux 400 every time. If I'm in a big bright space I'll use the 1200.
Simply Boudoir ~ Video Tutorial Trailer
Our latest training video is titled 'Simply Boudoir' and covered a range of interior portrait setups using both the available ambient light and continuous lighting.
>>Learn more about Simply Boudoir here.
Lighting Studio Portraits ~ Sample chapter using Lupolux lights
>>Learn more about Lighting Studio Portraits here.
1-to-1 Shooting Training with Damien
Do you want to master your camera or learn how to shoot portraits with confidence in a friendly enjoyable environment? If so, here's your chance. After a series of 1 to 1 shoot days with consulting clients, Damien has decided to offer this service to all Lovegrove Consulting members. The feedback from these sessions has been tremendous.
You will have the chance to…
• Photograph professional models - male or female - from local modelling agency.
• Shoot in the studio or on location with full use of the pictures for portfolio and website purposes.
• Get tailored tuition, feedback and help throughout the day.
• Shoot your style under Damien's technical direction.
• Have full use of the Lovegrove's extensive studio and location lighting kit.
• Have use of a Canon 5D Kit or Nikon D200 kit with a full range of top lenses if required!
Sarah said - Damien, I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for this amazing day. What we covered in 4 hours with Leela was just staggering, I learned so much and pretty much every shot I got is publishable straight from camera. You are THE master of lighting, be it simple or super complicated and in just one day I honestly think I have leapfrogged several levels in my photography thanks to what I have learned just watching you at work. Thanks again.
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