Not long ago, I did a quick setup to test out my new Lowel Rifa 55 softbox tungsten 500-watt light, as well as two Aputure 528 Spot LED lights.
I first wanted to see how much light would be transmitted using the Lowel Rifa 55. It gives a great soft light that wraps around the interviewee. I placed the light about 3 ½ feet away from the subject and about eight feet high. I was very impressed with this light, and plan on using it for my key light when I need to use tungsten lights. You can also place a CTB gel in front of the softbox to change the warm hue to a more of a bluish hue to match daylight. Tungsten lights are great to work with because they produce 100 CRI. They are hot; however, you just need to be careful when managing them.
When I know I need to use a key light for 5500K situations I can rely on my Aputure 528 S lights. I placed two of the Aputure 528 S lights side by side to be used as a key. When these lights are paired up, they produce a lot of light. I took out the plastic diffusion panels that come with the light, and used silk fabric. The silk was draped over a microphone stand in which I boomed the extension arm. The light that they produced was very good to my eye. This could be a quick setup time which can yield soft light for your interviewee. Aputure lights have a high CRI of 95, not as good as Tungsten lights, but then again, you do not have to plug them in. It’s important to have many tools for each job. One tool does not cover all the bases. The silk that I bought was from Alzos and only cost $8. The dimensions of the fabric are around 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. The farther you separate the light from the silk, the large the light source becomes. Down below you can view the video which has both lights I tested.
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