WEDDING PHOTO – TKSHOTZ INTERVIEW08/03/2021
There are a few key elements of the best wedding filmmaking gear that will make your workflow smooth and fast and film scenes breathtaking.
This article is about the top three lights on the market for wedding filmmaking and photography.
The World’s winning LED lights for wedding photography and filmmaking are Practilite 602 LED fresnels – a great long term investment in your light kit.
* Bi-color 3000-6000 Kelvin range controllable both remotely from your phone app (Practilite Remote Control App) and directly on the fixture
*Extremely bright 16.000 LUX @ 1m
*Impressive spot-to-flood ratio of 15-75° for variable field coverage
*V-Lock or G-Mount battery plates for location work
Why this light stands out is because it is the brightest size-to-output LED fresnel on the market (only 16 cm in length and 1.3 kg). The fixture has a first-class quality (Made in Scandivania) and speedy intuitive remote control app with excellent user experience interface. The fixture is extremely energy-efficient, allowing for many hours of field operation on a single 90Wh battery.
3.6 hours worktime with 90Wh battery at 90% of intensity
6 hours worktime with 150Wh battery at 90% on intensity
“I don’t even know what I did before I got this light” – Nick Miller (Wild Oak Films) and John Bunn (Redeemed Productions)
The second best option for wedding filmmakers is Dedolight DLED4.1-BI LED.
The price of this light is higher when compared to Practilite 602.
While purcasing the Dedolight DLED together with the power supply that costs 1862 USD versus Practilite 602 which is 965 USD (including barn doors and power supply) at B&H.
The Dedolight is also bi-color, variable from 3200 to 5600 daylight Kelvin. It is using a aspherical lens elements that results in an 1:20 flood to spot ratio with a beam angle of 4-60 degrees that delivers 18,360 Lux in spot mode at 1m. A wide angle attachment increases coverage 54-85 degrees but this attachment costs extra. It is up to you to decide if you need a tighter throw of the Dedo or the wider spread of the 602 which might come handy at tighter venues.
The output intensity dimming is 5%-140% boost mode on Practilite 602 and 20%-100% on Dedolight. Weight of the both fixtures are the same.
The drawback of Dedo is that they don’t have the app to control the fixture remotely via your phone. It creates the situation that every time you want to turn on or off the fixture or dim the intensity – you have to go to the light and adjust it directly from the fixture.
The third option to go for is ARRI 300 Plus, a 300 W fixture with a versatile 3″ Fresnel lens, with a spot-to-flood range of 15° to 49°.
ARRI 300 is a good output wedding filmmakers option, though it’s not LED and needs some extra time to cool down. The color temperature is fixed to 3200 Kelvin (daylight is 5600 Kelvin). The weight is about the same as Practilite 602 and Dedo.
Last but not least, there is no app to control the ARRI fresnel remotely from your smartphone.
The price of this fixture at B&H is 556 USD – it is the third wedding filmmaker’s option to go for. A bit out-of-date solution, but still the classical way to control the light of your scenes.