Dedolight

Archives for ‘Products’:

Finding Your Niche – Ultra-Precise Lighting Made Possible by the Dedolight Imager Projection Attachment

As noted many times on this blog, the photography and filmmaking business has seen huge changes in the last decade. Smartphone photos are running on the front page of the New York Times. Lights and cameras have become cheaper, often with little regard to their quality. And what does it mean to be a photographer when everyone is always taking pictures? If you’re a freelancer, this last item is an issue you’re forced to reckon with in order to get paying work. As the saying goes: “it isn’t your fault, but it is your problem.”

One way to stand out from the crowd is to find a niche and own it (preferably in a line of work for which people will pay well.) In the case of Angel Penchev of Bulgaria, that means focusing (sorry) on rare coins and medallions. Watch this video to see how he uses Dedolight heads, including the Dedolight Imager Projection Attachment, to control light across each tiny element on the coins’ faces.

Some time ago, I did a few tests on the focusing capabilities of the DP2. We had recently moved into a larger office space and, much to our surprise, discovered that the previous tenants had left a box of old Barbie dolls in one of the filing cabinets. (Why isn’t it ever a briefcase full of cash??!)

Anyway, I had the tongue-in-cheek idea to use the dolls as models; you don’t have to pay them, they never get tired, and they always sit perfectly still. Using the Dedolight Imager Projection Attachment along with the DPEYESET filters, I was able to easily highlight details like the dolls’ jewelry or eyes. Obviously, this method would work equally well on tiny details on live models — who you do have to pay, but, by the same token, can probably give you more than a single vacant expression.

Barbie doll highlighted with Dedolight DP2 and EYESET

Be sure to have a look through some of Angel’s website (I particularly appreciate what he’s done with pasta.) And for more information on how to use the Dedolight DP1, DP2, and their siblings, see the following video:

Rosco Image Spot: Compact, Efficient Image Projection — Even Outdoors!

Rosco Image Spot, handheld

For many years, we have enjoyed a great relationship with Rosco’s gobo production specialists deep in the heart of Round Rock, Texas. Thanks in no small part to many years of hard work by Anne Hunter and her crew, Rosco is a world leader in gobos, from simple metal patterns to colored glass effects and all varieties in between. Gobos find use in theater, architectural work, weddings, and other—sometimes unexpected—venues.

Now, leveraging their depth of experience, Rosco has released the Image Spot line of LED gobo projectors. Powerful, yet fitting in the palm of your hand, the Image Spot IP40 and IP65 projectors are perfect for mounting anywhere you need to project an image or message (or just need an compact and efficient spot light), whether that be in a shop, museum, theme park, or other indoor or outdoor setting.

Rosco Image Spot projecting a flame

Image Spot’s 70,000-hour-rated LEDs are energy-efficient and bright, allowing a maximum throw distance of 40 feet (12 meters) using only 45 watts of power. Speaking of power, the projector accepts universal line voltage input, meaning Image Spot units can come along on your world tour without skipping a beat. And the industry-leading 3-year warranty lets you rest assured they’ll stand up to the rigors of touring, too.

Rosco Image Spot Heat Sink and CablesImage Spot comes with an on-board dimming control, maxing out at 3000 lumens @ 5500K. It’s efficient enough that, even running at full blast, there’s no need for a cooling fan… so Image Spot always runs silently. No noise, and no spinning parts to cause those “unexpected tune-ups” down the line!

Rosco Image Spot, wet

The base model, the IP40, is spec’d for indoor use and can be controlled on-device or by DMX512 using standard RJ45/Cat5 cable. For outdoor applications, look to the IP65; weatherproof (as you might guess from its name), it supports DMX512 over exterior-rated Cat5e.

Rosco Image Spot in White, side viewAll Image Spot units measure 7.8×4.8×3.2 inches and weigh just five and a half pounds. They’re available to match most decors in black, white, or silver. Mounting options include canopy, C-clamp, track mount, and pole mount.

Here’s an important piece of advice: because they’re so versatile, Image Spot units are not packaged with a lens. They’ll work fine without a gobo, but won’t do much without a lens. Don’t forget to order one!

Rosco Image Spot Lens AttachmentDepending on your specific needs, you’ll want to pair your Image Spot with a 19, 25, or 30 degree lens to tune your projection to size. The following diagram, along with your trusty measuring tape, should help you work out just what you need to order. If your lighting plan calls for diffusion (perhaps to illuminate artwork or products in a store) add a pack of Rosco’s OPTI-FLECS filters to your shopping cart.

Image Spot photometrics

Rosco Image Spot Gobo and Filter HolderWhen ordering gobos, be sure to order the correct size for Image Spot by using the standard five-digit gobo number and appending “-SPOT” (e.g., “54321-SPOT”). If you’re looking for a Permacolor dichroic filter, use the format “1203-XXXX-SPOT”, substituting the four-digit color number you need. Gobos that use your own custom artwork should use the formats listed in the table below – call us to set up your order, and we will work closely with the crew in Round Rock to make sure it comes out looking great. We’ll admit to being a tiny bit jealous of our central Texas colleagues; we are huge barbecue fans, and they’re surrounded by some of the best barbecue in the world. We may have to ask to visit them one of these days… around lunchtime would be nice!

Item Code Description
2507210ISPOT Image Spot Custom Steel Gobo
260CUSBWOSPO Image Spot Custom B&W Glass Gobo
260CUS1COSPO Image Spot Custom One-Color Glass Gobo
260CUS2COSPO Image Spot Custom Two-Color Glass Gobo
260CUSMCOSPO Image Spot Custom Multi-color Glass Gobo

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!