Donald A. Morgan relies on MicroPro and 1x1
Because Morgan and producer Lindsay Noel Kemp would be moving quickly, he knew his equipment had to be fast and flexible. Whether shooting the convention or the extensive interviews with noted people in attendance, Morgan needed to be up and running within five to ten minutes. To do this he used the EX1 camera and Litepanels 1x1s and MicroPro.
“I had one daylight balanced dim/spot/flood 1x1 that allowed me to shoot outside and get a great eye light between two and six feet from my subject, even in bright sunlight,” he says. “I got both great light and colour balance. The second unit was a combo Tungsten and Daylight with a dimming knob that allowed me to go from daylight to tungsten, which was great for interiors. I could get a key light as needed and, when next to a window, I could warm up the light on the subject.”In addition, Morgan carried two MicroPros that run of standard AA batteries. “We never knew where we were going to be or what kind of power source I would have,” he explains. “The fact that the lights run on batteries was such a big help. There were several locations that had no electricity and I knew that 1x1s with Anton Bauer batteries mounted on the back would give me a constant six hours, if needed.”
Morgan has been a fan of Litepanels for many years. He counts the lightweight, ultra-flat profile of the 1x1s as a versatile production light. The ability to throw even light, whether daylight or tungsten, the dimability and coolness to touch allow him to use lights in very tight and close positions. The MicroPro is an added bonus for smaller cameras like the EX1 and the new DSLR shooting. “I simply could not have moved as fast and gotten as much material as I have on this project without the Litepanels as my lighting source,” he says.
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