The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a smartphone gimbal that is designed to let you achieve cinematic style expansive shots using footage from your phone. It stabilises video captured while moving, and also allows you to achieve professional looking timelapses, hyperlapses, motionlapses and slow-motion footage.
We took a trip to Pinewood Studios, the home of James Bond, to see how Rotolight are tackling traditional thinking with their range of award-winning LED lights. Armed with the superb mirrorless Sony a7RIII, we attended a ‘Master of Light’ workshop with Youtube superstar and acclaimed photographer Jason Lanier.
Bouncing flash, using large modifiers, playing about with diffusers. These tried and tested techniques are staple to studio lighting as we know it. Yet when we think about what these techniques set out to achieve, it is to add complimentary, diffused light to your subject.
Why waste time and effort adding layers of diffusion to a powerful light, when you can just use a softer light in the first instance?
A key impression that we came away with was how portable the Rotolight kit is, and Jason Lanier was in full praise of the extra flexibility the Rotolight set-up has given him over the last few years. In an age where photographers can distinguish themselves by mastering light on-location shoots, mobility is key.
Even with extra battery packs the kit remains portable – this Jason Lanier video demonstrates the versatility of the Neo 2.
It makes practical sense too – location set-ups with large modifiers require extra management – transporting, setting up, and adjusting during the set. A large softbox can catch like a sail in high winds – not ideal!
That's not to say that you won’t be wanting to use modifiers at all – Barn doors, softboxes etc. can be used in conjunction, but when the margins are fine, that extra bit of portability may be the difference between getting the shot – or not!
See the Rotolight range, including accessories.
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By Park Cameras on 08/05/2018
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