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MAXI MIX Premieres at NAB 2019

This week in Las Vegas, Rosco Labs are debuting the latest addition to their MIX line, designed by DMG Lumière. Have a look at our previous blog post introducing MIX—suffice to say, we’re big fans of the people and the products.

The MAXI MIX is a full-color LED light source approximately twice as big and bright as its sibling, the SL1 MIX. Together with the MINI MIX, and the previously-released SWITCH line, Rosco now offers Small/Medium/Large options whether you need basic daylight/tungsten light or full-color output that matches classic Rosco gels (and much more). They also offer kits in a variety of sizes that make it easy to get up and running quickly.

If you’re at the NAB Show, be sure to visit Rosco in booth C9518—MAXI MIX is available for pre-order today!

NAB 2018: Introducing DMG MIX, a Line of Full-Color LED Light Heads that Match Rosco Gels Precisely

Another April, another NAB Show… all manner of gear and gadgets revealed in the Las Vegas heat, all striving to push the arts of filmmaking and photography even further.

My usual NAB report will come shortly, but one item that just couldn’t wait is the new MIX line of light heads from DMG Lumière. DMG is based in Lyon, France and was recently acquired by Rosco Labs. They’re led by three brothers and a dear friend who discovered that their passions for cinematography and engineering formed a natural basis for a successful family business. (No prizes for guessing which is the brooding, mysterious one.)

DMG Lumière brothers

We at Visual Departures have to give a nod to the fact that they, like us, were founded on the notion of “by working photographers, for working photographers” (we even made it our tagline back in 1982!) There’s literally no substitute for building exactly the product you need… and the products that resulted from this designer-led process were lights called (in order of increasing size) MINI SWITCH, SL1 SWITCH, and MAXI SWITCH.

Pretty darned smooth, eh? So you can well imagine that Rosco’s booth at NAB was filled with technical and sales associates who were simply (ahem) beaming at the opportunity to show off what you could do with the new-and-improved versions of these three superb light units. So, without further ado, have a look…

What can you say to that besides… “pretty darned smooth-er”?! (On second thought, I suppose you can say lots of things besides that… but I’m stricken by a sudden ineloquence. Maybe it was the surprisingly catchy soundtrack on that video? Let’s go with that.)

At any rate, everyone who came to the booth was blown away by the thoughtful details the de Montgrand brothers included in these lights – just the thing to make #SetLife a little easier, more productive, and more fun. We couldn’t be happier for our colleagues at Rosco and DMG as they work to bring these wonderful light heads to creative people this summer.

If you need to know more, Joel Svendsen of Rosco is your man. He recently posted some details on the new MIX units which – just to be clear – will be available alongside the classic SWITCH units (so named because they can “switch” from daylight to tungsten color temperatures, including those somewhere in between.) We’ll be distributing all of these to our dealers across the country just as soon as they’re ready.

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: