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Lighting Buying Guide

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The correct lighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great shot therefore those in the broadcast industry should always be thinking about it when working on a project.

Like a lot of equipment available for shooting photo and video, there are dozes of variations of studio lighting and knowing which one is right for you can be tricky. So, in order to help our customers make an informed decision on what products are best for them and their projects, we have broken down equipment types as part of our lighting and chroma buying guide:

LED light panels are made up of light-emitting diode (LED) semiconductor devices which emit light when an electric current passes through. In video and photography, LED light panels are used as a constant source of light, rather than the short bursts offered by flashguns, which is essential when shooting video and makes it easier to view lighting effects when composing a shot. However, LEDs are typically less powerful than flashguns so they need to be placed closer to the subject.

Tungsten lights use incandescent light bulbs, which are old-style bulbs that use a heated wire filament that glows and produces light. Typically tungsten lights produce a yellow light and to counteract this for analogue many brands make tungsten filters or tungsten balanced film. For digital users this can usually be fixed using the White Balance setting.

Daylight lights, as the name may suggest,aim to replicate natural lighting settings when shooting video or photographs in a studio setting and are available with either LED or tungsten bulbs.

Chroma key is a digital method of using blocks of colours (typically blue or green) in order to replace parts of one video image another. This is commonly called green screening and can be seen in most weather forecasts where the presenter is in front of a digitally imposed map. Chroma key equipment includes curtains, light reflectors and the device which swaps the images, called a keyer.

If you would like to purchase everything in one go we do offer studio lighting kits, which come in a number of variations depending on what kind of light you want and what you are using it for. There is also a huge selection of lighting bags and cases which are available with both hard and soft shells and help to protect your equipment during storage and transit.

You can browse the full range of lighting and chroma equipment online at DigiBroadcast.

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