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Which Ring Light is Right for You?

Are you thinking of buying a ring light, but you don’t know which one to buy?

Well, at Big City Lights, we have a variety of different ring lights to choose from. So we have made a video explaining the different types of ring lights we have, and their purpose and features. This video talks about 5 different lights, a 12″ Fluorescent, 18″ Fluorescent, 18″ Dimmable Fluorescent, 18″ LED Dimmable, and the 18″ ULTIMATE. Basically, the 12″ ring light is a fluorescent light, that is only recommended for close up shots only (head / shoulders) Next, the 18″ Fluorescent is just like the 12″, but more for a wider shot instead of closeups. Next, the 18″ Dimmable Fluorescent, this light is very similar to the regular 18″, but it also has a dimmer which allows you to turn down the brightness of the light. Next, the 18″ LED Dimmable, this is very similar to the previous 18″ model, but it uses LED technology. This means you don’t have to replace the bulb because it will last you a very long time, as it is also more durable. Finally, the 18″ ULTIMATE Diva, this ring light has the most features out of them all, it comes with a cellphone holder and a mirror. Also, the light has a dimmer and it is bi-colour, which means you can change the colour of the light to a cool white (5600K) to warm white (3200K) or anywhere in between.

To see a more in-depth explanation of each light, and to see them in action, watch the video above.

Current Ring Light Pricing (with stand, all prices in Canadian dollars):

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Big City Lighting Tips Video #2 – Lighting on a White or Black Background

Ever had trouble lighting a model in various backgrounds? No need to fear, Big City is here! In our latest video we will show you how to light your subject for a white or a black background. It may seem like a simple thing to do but, if you want professional quality photo or video, you will learn the right way to do so with this instructional video. We will talk about lighting angles, metering and even, the butterfly effect. We’ve seen failures time and time again, from photographers trying to achieve crisp whites or variable blacks but, they’re just not doing it right. It’s funny how these small tips and tricks can make such a dramatic difference in the end product, whether it be a photo or a video. You can view the video below.

 

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LED Fresnel Lights Now Available!

Big City is proud to announce 3 models of  high power LED fresnel lights.  Finally a high power focusable directional light that uses a fraction of the power, and generates almost no heat! The problem with most fresnel lights in the past has been the enormous amount of power needed to run them, so often film productions would have to rent noisy and expensive generators.  Well no more, the Big City F-100, F200 and 100M Fresnel Lights use only 100W or 200W of power but they put out a amazing 750W or 1.5K worth of light respectively.  To top this all off they also generate almost no heat unlike their incandescent predecessors that would get so hot that you couldn’t handle them without protective clothing.  The F-100 and the F200 also come with a wireless remote so you can turn them on or off and adjust the brightness, while the DMX 100M can be controlled via DMX board.  Selling at a reasonable $750 and $950 CDN what professional film production company not can afford to pick one up!  You can PURCHASE THEM HERE.

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BIG CITY LED FRESNEL 100 LIGHT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Casing: Metal
  • weight: 8KG
  • Size: 8 x 12 x 8 inches
  • Control either manual or with wireless remote (included)
  • Input: 110AC – 100W
  • Colour Temperature: 5500K
  • Luminous Flux (LM): 10000

BIG CITY LED FRESNEL 200 LIGHT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Casing: Metal
  • weight: 10KG
  • Size: 8 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Control either manual or with wireless remote (included)
  • Input: 110AC – 200W
  • Colour Temperature: 5500K
  • Luminous Flux (LM): 20000

BIG CITY DMX CONTROLLED LED FRESNEL 100M LIGHT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Casing: Plastic
  • Weight: 5KG
  • Size: 8 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Control either manual or DMX
  • Input: 110AC – 100W
  • Colour Temperature: 5500K
  • Luminous Flux (LM): 10000
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Public vs Privacy Rights in Public Photography

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Back in March 2015, Arkansas Senate was working to pass bill SB-79. Bill SB-79 is named the Personal Protection Act, which claims to protect the privacy of citizens when in public. Meaning it would stop photographers from the freedom of their photos. If the law was instated, it would have implied that if a photographer took a photo of any recognizable person and was posted to the internet without consent it would leave you with an open lawsuit if somebody in Arkansas saw it online. This being said, the bill was  revised and denied on March 31st 2015. When the bill originally got passed, photographers were outraged, stating it would destroy the momentum from all photography if you had to get written permission from every individual beforehand.

Luckily this wasn’t this case but Arkansas Legislature will review the right of publicity bill again in 2 years, so Arkansas can only hope to get lucky again.

Aside from recent news, the right of privacy with the public and photographers has become a major issue amongst the photography world. The rights we have these days are generally flexible. We have the freedom to take photos in public but consent is required (with some exceptions). It is illegal to film on private property, although it is not illegal to film private property from public property. But since iphones have came into the picture the ability to stop people from taking photographs has become increasingly difficult – especially at events like concerts. In the past, taking a photo at a show was absolutely not allowed. Now a days, we are able to photograph and videotape the whole show if we chose to – the only rule instated now is that the use of any camera that has interchangeable lenses is prohibited.

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There has been numerous incidents recently that people have run into problems with the taking of public photos and videos. People will often assume the photographer is going to use photos for other reasons than our actual intent – a good photo. Photographer, Karl Baden receives constant hatred and suspicion from the public for simply pointing his camera into the world. An incident occurred where he was taking a photo from his car of the sunset in a grocery store parking lot. A father and his son walked by as he was taking the photo and was immediately verbally assaulted and accused of taking photos of his child. Another instance occurred a few years ago when FBI agents appeared at Karl’s door shortly after he was observed photographing American flags that were planted everywhere in the days following 9/11. The photographer has a handful of stories and photos of people angrily reacting to his camera and hopes to one day publish a book on it which only shows how much it happens – and this being only one of the thousands of street photographers out there.

Luckily for Canada we have the freedom to aim out cameras wherever we please, but with a possibility that somebody’s going to give us a hard time about it.

 

– Paola Pasqualini

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Introducing the Big City 110

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The Big City 110 Flo light Bank

Here we’ve got the Big City 110, the smaller of the 3 light banks we have to offer. It uses two 55W flicker-free fluorescent bulbs which constantly give off beautiful soft white light and help produce images of excellent quality. Being the smaller of the 3 light banks, this is a great option for those who are always on the move. The Big City 110 is very lightweight and portable, it also comes with a travel bag to make your life that much easier.  When doing a shoot outside of your home or studio two of the Big City 110’s can provide you with the same power as the 1 large light bank without having to carry as much weight, this option is much more versatile for shooting. What I like about this light is that you can do snappy set-ups for shoots, just this morning we used the light in a small product shoot and let me tell ya we got great results.

If you look at most brands of light banks the barn doors are completely blacked out, but you’ll notice with the Big City Lights the inside of our barn doors are silvered. This small but very effective difference helps with the reflection of light by increasing brightness and quality. When searching for the best in affordable lighting equipment, I can’t think of any other way to go.

The Big City 110 retails for $350 CDN and can be purchased HERE

 

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