Is using lights overrated these days

Maybe I'm joining that old school crowd, but I've been told by a photog in leadership roles that the natural light is better then using lights at all. I think natural light is great when it exists. We have cameras that like light. They aren't great in low light situations. Even in a naturally lit room they look washed out. When you have a naturally lit house I still throw a day light balanced light in their face to pop up the subject. Sometimes I'll kill all the light... close the blinds... and totally light up the subject or the scene with 3 or 4 lights. This is what I was taught through-out my 20 year career. I was told I'm staging the interview when I light it. HUH??? I thought making the interview look good is our job. Its laziness to not light someone or something if it needs it. Takes me 10 minutes or less to set up two lights and turn off the over head lights. This conversation has been bothering me so...
Your thoughts please.

Backpack Live Shot Lighting

I am looking for a lighting option to use with our TVU Backpacks. I have looked at the Bescor LED-95DK2 which looks like a viable option, I am just concerned there is not a lot of throw with them. So what are some of you using when operating these backpacks for lighting, when a normal power source is not an option?

Dracast Fluorescent LED’s


So I am thinking about a pair of Kino Flo Diva lights for clients that request Kino Flo's on a shoot, but I am thinking about the Dracast Flo's instead because you can run them off a battery which is great, and you can salt and pepper a single color version instead of the bi-color for a higher light output. The fluorescent bulbs are much more durable as well.

But, I am wondering if on 2-camera shoots with another DP who has Kino Flo's would I have trouble matching them? 80% of the time, I would be flying solo, but for those times was curious how close they would match, the Dracasts are boasting 90+ CRI, and I have found it to be pretty true since I own the panels.

Civil Right


If people like Al Sharpton and Jackson tout civil rights do they have a responcebility to stick up for everyones civil rights?

I faced this man this moring intent with interfereing with MY CIVIL RIGHTS. And assaulting me. I have been a TV news cameraman since the days of film in the 70's. This nation has spent all kinds of money on social programs but it seems in the comunitys were the most money is spent are also the communitys were I see the most interference.


Using Vine app in the newsroom

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.43.47 PMIn today’s media environment it’s important that news organizations actively seek out audience, and with its 40 million registered users, Vine is a social media platform worth considering.

But who is using it well and what can journalists learn from their experience?  The Reynolds Journalism Institute produced a video case study on Mashable’s use of Vine.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Use Vine promotionally.  At Mashable, the bulk of the Vines produced are intended to promote content.  These “teases” work particularly well for highly visual stories.
  • Vine can work for breaking news as Mashable’s Ashley Codiani found during coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri.  She captured snapshots of the demonstrators and edited them together for a :06 view of the intensity of the situation.
  • Mashable has also used Vine to promote engagement by creating “community challenges.”  The create a unique hashtag and then ask for the Vine community to contribute riffs on a theme, such as one asking people to document the world in slow motion.  Mashable has also had success in generating revenue by attaching sponsors to the challenges.

The second half of the video explores the Washington Post’s politics team and their use of SnapChat for engaging audience.



I need to get some more cases. I'm looking for advice.

I find the Pelicans to be pretty heavy before I even put any thing in them. I have one that is 25 Lbs before I even put stuff in it! I've heard the Storm Cases are a little lighter. Is any one using the SKB ones? Gator makes some good musician cases. Is any one using their stuff for video gear? Any other brands you'd recommend?

I need cases for:
A couple of LED 1x1s (together, preferably one with wheels)
A 17" monitor
A 7" monitor, a 2 bay Anton Bauer charger and a few Dionics.
Small grip kit (would get heavy fast)
Maybe light stands too.

I've used a golf case to ship my tripods and C-stands before. Its actually very easy to get a golf case over 100 Lbs. Especially if you're loading it with C-stands!

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