—Traveling is essential in this
world of fast-paced content production.
In a given year, I may lap the world six
times chasing stories. I have to travel light
and need reliable and durable equipment.
That’s why I selected K5600’s Joker Bug
I have four Joker lights in my personal
lighting package: a 200, 400, 800 and a recently
BUILT TO TRAVEL
Joker Bugs are really great lighting units
and I use them on just about every project
in one configuration or another. They each
pack into a single case and tip the scales
at or below the limit on most airlines. Additionally,
they operate on the different
electrical supplies found around the world,
so I’m able to plug in and start shooting
wherever I go.
I do a lot of multicam work and have a
few lighting rules that I rarely break.
The first of these is to use
soft lighting on people. This
helps faces look good and in
turn, helps me to look good.
For interviews with a reverse
shot of the reporter, K5600’s
Soft Tube Joker Bug accessory
is often my choice. I can position
one light horizontally, just
above the frame between the
subjects, keying both with the
one Soft Tube.
My second rule is to always
light from the back side,
meaning that the cheek closest
to the camera has negative
fill as I find this more flattering.
K5600’s Soft Tube is light
enough to fly overhead using
a stand near the camera, allowing me to
keep the far side of the frame clear of
EASY ON THE TALENT
We all know that uncomfortable talent
can ruin a shoot, and when I’m lighting I
always keep this in mind. You never want
to have a shoot interrupted because the
talent is sweating or squinting. When using
a Soft Tube I often find even the most seasoned
talent is impressed. It’s a specialty
device they usually have never seen and
they really appreciate how gentle it is on
their eyes, and as Soft Tubes give off so
little heat, the talent stays dry and comfortable.
Pancake chimeras paired with the Joker
lights have proven themselves very useful
in shooting green screens. I like the way
daylight works as a key and recently
had an opportunity to shoot a five-person
morning team posing on
green. I simply hung two 800 Jokers
behind the talent in large pancake
chimeras and used an 800 and a 1600
in pancakes for fill and key respectively.
The rear pancakes served as
overall light for the wall and floor,
and doubled as a back light.
I purchased the 1600 knowing
that I’d be able to use it with our
Phantom camera when shooting
slow motion. High frame rates can be
a problem when using some lights;
not so with the Joker 1600. It comes
with selectable modes to eliminate
flicker up to 2800 fps while still managing
to output enough light to get a
decent exposure with fast lenses. The light
is also dimmable.
Matt Knapp is a director of photography
at New York’s HSCUSA.TV television
production facility. He may be contacted