PLUMGOOD PRODUCTIONS USES F8-200
An Atlanta cigar bar was recently the setting for a men’s grooming product line shoot. Keith B. Plummer, owner of Plumgood Productions was tasked with creating the perfect lighting, with limited space. Filming would take place not only inside of the bar, but also include an exterior walk-in shot. To accomplish this project, (which featured multiple interview style set-ups) with world-renowned barber Rance John, Plummer turned to the Zylight F8-200 LED Flat Fresnel.
As bright as a 2K tungsten and brighter than a 400-watt HMI, the F8-200 can run on AC power, or standard camera batteries. Folding flat (to less than 6 inches), and weighing around 10 pounds, makes transport and storage easy. High quality optics, innovative design, rugged broadcast-quality construction, and high color accuracy are standard in both the 3200K and 5600K color temperature versions.
“For the first set-up, I used the Zylight F8-200 shot at 5600 and bounced it into a piece of 2’ x 3’ foam core for key lighting on our subject,” says Plummer. “An additional F8-200 was used to create separation lighting the background. This light was powered with two Anton Bauer batteries. Exterior light came into the bar and was diffused by a 36 x 72-inch silk.” For the second shot, the camera and background lights were moved, while leaving the key lighting in place. For the third set-up, the key light was also bounced, creating a nice soft and balanced light for the subject.
“I can’t say enough about being able to collapse the housing and making it easy to carry. The power was excellent, even when lighting outdoors,” says Plummer. Ultra-silent fan cooling came in handy, as the shoot lasted four hours. “I like the rear fan keeping the fixture cool when you keep the light on for a long time.”
Not only is the Zylight F8-200 versatile, but also features a water-resistant IP54 rating, and boasts a CRI of up to 97. The quality of light is matched only by traditional sunlight and incandescent bulbs, while using a fraction of the energy.
Plummer adds, “The Zylight F8-200 is a workhorse, with the ability to squeeze into places that only a less powerful light could fit in. The spread and power of the light, even when it is fully collapsed helps you on tight sets. If you’re going to use a Fresnel, the F8’s compactness saves space and time on location.”