K5600 Joker Eases Power Pains
March 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES—Power (electrical, that is)
is a problem those in my profession often
face when shooting sit-down interviews
for national news-magazine programs. As
these are frequently shot in private homes
or hotel rooms, this means 15 amp electrical
circuits. Now that’s fine if you’re lighting
with fluorescents or LED fixtures, but
when you need some real “punch,” there’s
nothing like K5600 HMI instruments to
add that. If you go beyond an 800 Watt
fixture, you run the risk of popping circuit
breakers and watching time slip away
while you try to find the breaker panel to
get everything up and running again. This
is where K5600’s Joker-Bug 1600 really
The K5600 Joker 1600
BIG ILLUMINATION REQUIREMENT
One of our recent shoots took place in
a hotel suite overlooking Hollywood and
the iconic Capitol Records building. The
producer wanted the building to be in
the shot so there would be no mistaking
where we were. While the hotel suite was
perfect to the eye, it was a different story
for the camera. Once I saw the massive
wrap-around windows, I knew we were
going to need more than our two Joker
800’s and two Joker 200’s.
We were fortunate in that K5600’s
headquarters was close by, so we called
Ryan Smith who provided us with a Joker
1600 that I knew would provide the beautiful
light we needed for the three-camera
shoot. I also knew that this fixture could
be powered by a standard 15 amp circuit.
With a medium-size Chimera out in front,
the 1600 was connected to its own circuit
in the suite and it fired right up and stayed
up throughout the shoot. The
light it produced was soft,
smooth and even, and was so
powerful enough that it could
be placed far enough out of
the frame to allow the third
camera to be used on a slider
for a beautiful, panoramic
two-shot that clearly showed
where we were shooting.
While I would have loved
to have had the time and resources
to gel the windows,
such an approach really isn’t
practical when you’re doing
network news and have to
move fast to deliver a high-quality product.
However, the Joker-Bug 1600 really made
We added the two Joker 800’s for keys
and used the Joker 200’s for backlights, but
the 1600 really stole the show.
NO 15 AMP WORRIES
Honestly, I don’t know how I could have
done it any other way, given these particular
demands and this specific shooting location.
Having the ability to fire the 1600 on a
regular 15 amp circuit and get that beautiful
Joker light that we’re all used to let us focus
on making everyone look great without
wringing our hands and waiting for breakers
to trip. It’s really an incredible tool.
Brian Young is the owner of Flaca Productions
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For additional information, contact
K5600 at 818-762-5756 or visit www.k5600.com .
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