Using Elinchrom Dlite 4 with octabox for video key light?

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions
dpasghar Junior Member • Posts: 48
Using Elinchrom Dlite 4 with octabox for video key light?

Sorry to sound like a newb, but I know someone who wants to shoot a short video interview and I was wondering if using this combo would work well? I know when I've left the strobe on it gives off a sorta warm glow anything I can do to change that? Thanks

BAK Forum Pro • Posts: 23,519
Semi-good answer

I don't have the flash, so can't says for sure, in regard to nit-picks, but..

Yes, the modeling lights from a studio flash can be used to shoot video.

Check for a fan; if the unit makes noise, take this into account when setting up a mic.

Experiement with color balance.

If sound allows,closer is better than farther away.

I use a Dynalite flash with a non-fan head for some video work myself.


(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 1,974
Re: Semi-good answer

I own the Elinchrom D-Lite 4's and I would have to say they would be a bad choice for this use. They do have built in, thermostatic fans which will come on pretty quickly if put into an Octabank and are fairly noisy, ie: they will be heard in any dialog or sound recording. Also, being basically plastic lights they are limited to using 100 watt tungsten bulbs which, when knocked down two stops by the Octabank would be pretty darn dim. Finally, since they are not halogen bulbs the color temp is down in the 2600-2800K range which means more noise in the blue channel. You will have to do a CWB to have neutral color. All in all you'd be better off going to a big hardware store, buying a $50 halogen worklight kit (500 watts) and aiming the lights through some inexpensive white diffusion a white sheet spread between two light stands.

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