The Lighting Design Group (LDG) in London chose Litepanels’ new Gemini LED soft panels for international broadcast coverage of the May 19 wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Under contract by several major news organizations, LDG relied on 12 Litepanels Gemini panels to light the networks' temporary sets overlooking Windsor Castle in London.
"We have been using Litepanels products for years, and they've given us consistent and reliable service," said Niel Galen, senior lighting designer, Lighting Design Group. "Gemini is a welcome addition to the world of LED soft lights. Its lighter weight and smaller form factor were big pluses for this shoot because we had very critical weight restrictions for the install given the age of the building."
In London, LDG used the Gemini in a lighting solution for the networks' temporary broadcast booths, which were located directly adjacent to Windsor Castle. The Gemini soft panels worked in tandem with traditional HMI lighting to match daylight lighting conditions on the sets, from which the networks broadcast live morning shows and prime-time newscasts on May 18 and 19.
"In our lighting design for the wedding coverage, we were going for a very pleasing soft, but also sparkly, light," Galen added. "The Geminis were an important component and performed beautifully. They provided a fantastic soft base with strong and consistent output, which can be difficult to find with other fixtures, and their comparatively low power consumption was a big help since we were running off generator power. We're always leery of using products that we have not field-tested, but the Geminis worked exactly as expected, with no surprises."
You might also like...
When I look back on 2017, one word jumps out when I think of audio, video and associated gear: Miniaturization. Yes, everything — and I mean virtually all of it — is getting smaller, lighter and more compact while the quality gets better.
Broadcasters and videographers use various strategies and elements of craft to effectively communicate our stories to viewers. First and foremost, the storytelling imperative requires a clear communication of genre.
For the past few years, development of all LED lighting has been on a roller coaster ride. A beneficiary has been LED lighting for professional video. It has gotten better, cheaper and smaller — much smaller.
Artists have exploited light as an essential part of art since the days of the old masters. Techniques like chiaroscuro use light to model the subject, to give depth to the two-dimensional rendition. These artists had two forms of light…
Roy Wagner, an award-winning director of photography, has chosen to use a single Rotolight Anova PRO bi-color LED studio light for his new feature film, Trouble Sleeping.