A Quick Look at the Dedolight DLED7 Turbo from NAB 2017

Our longtime friend Daniel Norton of the Adorama PRO department dropped in to check out the Dedolight DLED7 Turbo, one of the most popular light heads we showed at the booth this year. Click through to enjoy two minutes of unscripted television…

Dedolight DLED7 Turbo
As you can see, the 90 watt DLED7 Turbo is a beefed-up version of the well-received 40 watt DLED4 light head. A great deal more powerful than the DLED4, the DLED7 Turbo is nearly the same size but adds a heatsink, actively cooled by a whisper-quiet fan. So even though the Daylight version produces up to 38,000 lux @ 1m in spot mode (vs. 14,500 on the DLED4), the DLED7 Turbo is still well-suited to lighting scenes that call for minimal ambient noise. Like its predecessor, the DLED7 Turbo is available in Daylight, Tungsten, and Bicolor versions (the latter being continuously adjustable from 2700K–6500K.) And as is often the case, it’s compatible with many Dedolight Classic series accessories, so if you invested in those attachments many years ago, you’ll be glad to hear that they will still work with this light head. (Since Dedolight equipment has always been so durable and so meticulously constructed, there’s a good chance your accessories are still in great shape.)

To better appreciate the attention to detail, check out the precision with which this DLED7 Turbo can focus. It can literally reach pin-point accuracy—jump to 5:30 for proof! Imagine the possibilities this could open up for you in terms of lighting eyes, logos, or anything else that needs a bit more “punch.” (Unfortunately for those of you in the news business, you won’t be able to actually punch politicians in the face with it, no matter how much they deserve it.)

Another Dedolight hallmark is compact size relative to light output. This pre-configured kit comes in Bicolor or Daylight versions (designated KLT7-3-BI or KLT7-3-D, respectively). It contains lights, ballasts, stands, filters, gobos, a projection attachment… everything you need to set up a beautiful three-point light system for on-location interviews or similar setups. When it’s time to roll, all of this equipment packs neatly into a hard-shell rolling case that’s small enough to carry onto an airplane. (Can’t say how it’ll function as a shield if you happen to find yourself getting bumped from a United flight.)

Dedolight DLED7 Turbo Kit KLT7-3-BI/D

The Dedolight DLED7 Turbo is available right now from your local dealer, both in standalone and in kit form. If you need help locating a dealer who carries Dedolight, reach out to us and we’ll be very happy to put you in touch.

Rosco’s Latest at NAB 2017: Silk and RoscoLED

If you couldn’t make it to Vegas this week, don’t despair – Digital Cinema Society visited the Rosco booth to see what they were showing off, and has the scoop.

Visit Rosco’s website to learn more about the Silk family of products, and be sure to read our own post on RoscoLED tape.

See What’s New From Dedolight This Year at NAB

We always look forward to spending time in Vegas with our friends from Dedolight. If you’re at NAB 2017 this week, do yourself a favor and come see what they’ve brought along!
See us at NAB 2017 in booth C10839!

Chuck Berry Performing Live in New York, 1972

A letter to Chuck Berry from Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan

Sad news this weekend, as we all learned that the great Chuck Berry had passed on at the age of 90. His contribution to modern music is such that the entire first page of a Google search for “father of rock and roll” features his name. Or, if you prefer a form of recognition less ephemeral, he was one of the few performers immortalized on the “Golden Record” placed aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft, now streaking through interstellar space at nearly 11 miles per second. “Go, Johnny, go”, indeed.

Chuck Berry live at Hofstra University (1972)

I was lucky enough to photograph Mr. Berry in concert (and fortunate enough to have the images close at hand, considering their age.) The time was November 1972, and the place was Hofstra University, on New York’s Long Island. It was a cool, slightly drizzly night outside, but you wouldn’t know it inside the auditorium, between the warmly-gelled stage lights and the energetic Berry, performing his signature “duck-walk” as he grinned and wailed away on his Gibson. The show was being filmed for ABC’s “In Concert” series, a new venture for the network, directed and executive produced by the legendary Don Kirshner.

Chuck Berry live at Hofstra University (1972)

Imagine my delight on finding that highlights from the show are available right here on YouTube. If you watch very carefully (pixels being so much larger and blurrier back then than they are now), you might be able to pick me out standing next to the TV cameras. (I’d much rather you gave your full attention to the music, though.)

And you’ll note that, were you an audiophile who wanted to hear the program in stereo, you were directed to tune your “hi-fi” to the ABC-affiliated FM radio station, which was simulcasting the show across the country. We were all a long way from carrying hi-def televisions in our pockets all day (which also happened to make phone calls and catch Pokémon), but the energy of those live performances was as good as ever – maybe even better.

Luscious Color, Dynamic Portraits with Rosco Laboratories’ Gel Kits

One look at Lindsay Adler’s website should convince you she ranks among the top fashion photographers in the world, with a stunning, bold style and sometimes brain-melting creativity.

To our great fortune, she also spends some of her time teaching the craft of photography, leading workshops around the world for creativeLIVE, KelbyOne, and others, as well as publishing books – some with titles that might make you chuckle and say, “Yep. Been there.”

She recently shared a behind the scenes video showing how she created these fashion portraits for Elle Indonesia. The magic in these images came from – besides Lindsay’s brain – Rosco gel kits. Lindsay had the idea to hold various gels at different angles in order to create splashes of color over the image, as a graphic designer might do. The result is gorgeous and arresting, as the layers of colors wrap across the model’s face. If it’s winter where you are, as it is for us, you’ll probably appreciate these vivid images all the more.

To learn more about the project, including which gel kits were used, click through to Tatiana’s post on Rosco Spectrum.

Gelly Roll And don’t forget, the best way to store your gels is Gelly Roll, which lets you keep your gels organized, portable, and ready to use whenever inspiration strikes.

Daniel Norton of Adorama Demonstrates ‘Filming a Narrative Dialogue’ with Rosco Silk LED Lights

Adorama crewShowing off Rosco’s new Silk LED lamps in the Adorama Pro department, Daniel Norton demonstrates how he builds a lighting setup from scratch, live, on YouTube. Take a look! If you watch closely, you may even notice our very own Allen Green in the audience…

Rosco Silk lighting set