The next generation of daylight balanced fresnel lensed lighting for photographers, videographers, creatives and stage productions. Fine Italian design meets beautifully clever engineering.
Who are Lupolux?
Lupolux stems from Lupo, a general partnership founded in 1932.
Originally, Lupo was characterized by the production of studio cameras for passport photos and portraits in general. The company expanded its product range by introducing professional and amateur enlargers, achieving considerable notoriety in Italy and abroad, under the management of the sons of the founder.
More recently, in the 1990s, Lupo began the production of new lighting, including daylight and artificial fresnel spotlights.
Currently, Lupolux is further developing the range of daylight spotlights and other continuous lighting products to increasingly facilitate and improve work in photographic and television studios.
The main advantages of fresnel daylight spotlights are: low power consumption, absence of heat and absolute stability. These spotlights are becoming increasingly frequent in fashion, portrait and ceremonial photography, thanks to the excellent continuous light and the stability of the light beam.
In the television sector (news, talk shows, virtual production) these lights have become popular mainly due to their low power consumption and absence of heat and especially the opportunity to work in all conditions: close up or at a considerable distance.
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.
The main features of Lupolux Spotlights
• Beautiful cool light rendering similar to natural daylight
• Lensed lighting with flood and spot control
• Simple to use without any technical settings or configuration needed
• Easier and quicker to see the lighting effect you're creating unlike flash lighting
• Super lightweight and incredibly strong construction
• Small, compact and easy to take with you on location
• Quiet running ideal for videographers
Hello, I'm Damien Lovegrove and this is the Lupolux range of lighting. We've got 5 dedicated spotlights. These have got fresnel lenses, that's spelt fres-nel but pronounced fren-el. We've also got this one soft light here, it's the Lupolux Quadlight. It's got four folded fluorescent tubes in there and it's very lightweight and it's a really good lamp.
We'll come back to this in a moment. Come and have a look these.
This is a spotlight. It's got on the back the flood and spot controls, we can adjust the physical position of the bulb that's within the lamp. Take a look at this on the wall here. In full spot mode, we get that circle of light here, which is quite striking, it's also a soft light. It's got a good throw to it and is quite intense. We can flood the light out to light a larger area, [there's] less quantity but it's a harder, crisper light that also allows us to create some shape through the barn doors. We can use the barn doors to create slashes of light, which is really useful.
Anyway, come back over to here, let's take a look at the shell. This is a carbon fibre reinforced polymer casing and is tough. Really strong package. We've got the barn doors, which we can fold up and switch it off, pop it in the back of the car and not have any problems with it. It's not hot either, the top of the lamp does not get hot so you haven't got a problem with your hands sticking to the lamp and leaving a bit of your flesh on there! :) So this is a really useful light.
Let me talk about the numbers, because a lot of people will have confusion with this. The Lupolux range of lights are numbers so this for instance is the DayLED 1000. This means that it has the same power output as a 1000 watt tungsten lamp. So if you have an Arri 1000 fresnel spotlight you would get the same quantity of light out of the front as you would out of this Lupolux LED. The difference here is of course, this is daylight colour balanced. So if you wanted, for instance, to make the Arri a daylight colour balanced lamp you'd need to put a CTB or colour temperature blue gel on the front, and of course that cuts down [the light] by nearly 2 stops. So this type of light, which is already daylight colour balanced, gives you quite an advantage.
Now in environments like this which are bright we often want to use bright lights. The lights here aren't used often to just to illuminate, they are used to create contrast. I'm lit now by a Lupo 1200 it's giving me some contrast, some definition, some catchlights, even though we're in a bright, f/8.0 environment. So, bear in mind that these lights are used by artists and craftsmen at the top of their game. This is the way that lighting is going now, because these HMI lights that you see here, they've been around in the industry for quite some time, but they've always been available to TV production companies and film makers, solely because of the price. We've been spending £2,000 or £3,000 a head for HMI's in the past, whereas now these lights come in at well under a £1,000. So they're both lightweight, they're strong, they're very controllable and they are at a price point now that photographers and hobbyists can afford.
Take a look at this. This is the Lupolux Quadlight. This is the one softlight in the set. It's worth me showing you the mechanical structure. Again it's got that same carbon fibre reinforced polymer casing but it's got a metal aluminium front to it. Now, it's a strong light, you can pop it on the ground, you can switch it to half power if you want. It's got real strong versatility. You don't have to make up a softbox each time you want to use a soft light. You can use this straight from the car. Super lightweight. Really, really good lamp. In fact I know a lot of people using these to light babies in cots or do family portraits in a client's own home - in their own environment. It's perfect for environmental portraiture.
So here we go, we've got the five spotlights, that's three HMIs, two LEDs and we've got the Lupolux Quadlight. These are the Lupolux range of lighting.