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                   Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 6:09PM

Studio upgrades

By DAN ROBINSON
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September is here, and with it comes some upgrades to my studio setup in preparation for a ramp-up in corporate web production work. Here is a shot of the humble Appalachian Skies studio room with two new Lowel Pro lights. Along with the Pros are the two Omnis (one softboxed, the other fitted with a diffusion gel for the hair light) and a softboxed Tota. The softboxes are the primary (high luminosity) key/fills, but the Pros can now play those roles if needed for a lower-luminosity scene (I ordered 250 watt bulbs for them). I'm planning on using the Pros mainly for background spotlighting and subject fills. If any of you have seen my interview for the CourtTV/TruTV 'Dangerous Drivers' show, that was lit entirely with Lowel Pros as key, fill and hair (in my living room, no less).


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One of the new Pros:


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The new studio room is much wider and has higher ceilings than the last one, which greatly opens up the configuration possibilities. And no windows to worry about covering up to keep the bluish daylight out. The other major improvement is that there is also room for my desk in here, which means I can now capture video directly into my primary editing computer. A chroma-key background and teleprompter will be here tomorrow. I'm looking forward to experimenting with keying backgrounds, which should be fun - I'm mainly interested if I can key in white and/or black to avoid having to buy two more backdrops in those colors.

Again, a big thanks to my friend and business associate Paul Helmick for accommodating the arrangement for the space!

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