Jonathan Thorpe Puts Calumet’s LED Panels to the Test
We recently sent blog contributor and DC photographer Jonathan Thorpe some of our Calumet Pro Series 576 LED light panels to test out while shooting a commercial. See how these lights performed under pressure in a tight office setting.
Content contributed by Jonathan Thorpe:
A few months back, a client of mine Carpathia (a data center and hosting company) asked me to produce a commercial for their new “Tech Hero” ad campaign. The commercial was to feature our “Tech Hero” going through and fixing different office situations with ease. I knew we’d be primarily filming at their office location so I knew there would be some tight spaces to film in, and things like space and heat off the lights would be an issue.
I had been using hot lights and ARRI lights for a while now and while they are usually great and do the job, I knew that setting those lights up and the heat they can produce would be very uncomfortable in an office setting. I had never used LED lighting before and thought what better chance than now would I have to use them. We lit everything with the Calumet pro series 576 LED lights, and I have to say I was very pleased.
The LED lights are very small compact lights that pack quite the punch when it comes to brightness. Not to mention they are all daylight balanced so color was always spot on. The lights come with a dimmer switch and also a white panel to help diffuse the light if you want to. Another amazing benefit was the fact that they barely had any heat coming off the light. This made things like filming in the cubicles, and more importantly the server rooms (which can be incredibly warm) much easier on the crew and talent.
The lights are also able to be powered by battery should you not have a place to plug them in. I didn’t test this feature, but shooting on location with a battery powered LED panel would be an amazing thing and could really help take your footage to another level. For productions like this in tight areas I can’t imagine ever using a hot light again. The LEDs from Calumet really made this shoot go much smoother. Check out the final product, the commercial below, and remember we only used TWO panels to light every scene in it. Hope you enjoy!!