We have a big range of Micansu compact fluorescent bulbs and we are glad to announce that the 105W bulb all with ES or E27 fitting are on Special Offer.
We were the first company to sell compact fluorescent photographic bulbs in the UK and use the phrase Daylight Balanced Bulbs, ours are 5500k colour temperature ideal for still photography and for video.
Just like a fluorescent light but coiled around into a small package. If you already have one of our light units such as the Supersoftbox series then you can replace the 50w bulbs it comes with and use the 105w which will give you much more light. Using these bulbs in your softbox lighting kits means more versatility with your exposure, you can have your lights further away.
3 point lighting is a fundamental setup for video lighting and also for digital which gives a solid basis for any lighting setup. This digital and video lighting setup allows you to use a main light or key light with a fill light and the third light is used as a hair light so that will light the rim of the hair and shoulder line. The hair light is more important with darker backgrounds although with a white background can still help separate the subject.
To make this more easily understood and to visually see how to implement this type of video lighting we have a video to show exactly how to do it and this has now made 350,000 views on youtube. With this many views it has made this one of our most popular videos which we have many with overviews and tutorials. So be sure to visit the video section which is on the right hand side of this page. It can also be a good idea to subscribe to the youtube channel and you will be informed of new videos as soon as they are published.
Any of our three head systems a three point lighting setup can be applied we have 4 different systems in this category 3 head kits, there is a kit for any budget. The kits which are recommended are the supersoftbox kit which is featured in the video, the Supersoftbox 4 and the Supersoftbox 5 which are more powerful give you versatility and help you with exposure and ISO settings making them more versatile to use.
We now have a Supersoftbox 4 Video Lighting kit, this has softboxes 50 x 70cm with removable outer diffuser. It uses balanced four daylight bulbs 105w 5400k which have a CRI of 90, these are compact fluorescent bulbs. This works well for interview or youtube type videos.
This kit is also great as a Continuous Lighting kit for still digital photography for 1/2 body shots and head shots which give an exposure of 1/80th sec iso 200 f 6.1 so gives a very versatile exposure range for continuous lights.
There are a range of Video Lighting kits, a single head kit a 2 head kit and a 3 head kit. The 3 head kit comes with 2 – 50 x 70cm softboxes and the 3rd light uses a boom arm with a 45 x 45cm softbox that has 3 x 50w bulbs. There is a choice of boom and there is also a choice of softboxes as there is an alternative choice of 80cm Octagonal softboxes that come complete with an outer diffuser. If you want pure white backgrounds on your video then a 2 head kit is used to light the background. Then either another 2 heads can be used to light the subject and a 3rd hair light can also be used.
You can choose the Supersoftbox 5 video lighting kit which takes 5 x 105w bulbs and has 60 x 90cm softboxes and this is suitable for full length video you can also choose an Octagonal softbox.
If you are after a studio lighting bag and don’t want a top end bag costing hundreds then your next stop should be the Smick website as we have a large range of bags and cases. What is a case and what is a bag, well a bag is on the whole soft, a case is mainly rigid I hope that clears that up. You will find all our bags in the Studio Lighting Bags directory.
Our first bag is on Special at the moment has one compartment a handle and shoulder strap and has some padding that is the Studio Lighting Bag A034.You just cannot beat the value for money with this studio bag.
The next bag is a stand bag to hold up to three stands there is very little padding for this bag A005.
Then we have theStudio Bag Medium STB180 which is very well padded and has a padded top and bottom with dividers included this is a great bag in size will hold a lot of gear and is great value for money.
The next one up is the Studio Bigbag STB200 this has the same level of padding as the Meduim bag but is just larger and so will take more photographic kit.
The Excel Studio Lighting Bag – Case STB950 is a totally different shape and is designed to take Continuous Lighting, Video Lighting or Studio Flash in a more compact way, this has padding but has rigid sides and a pocket either side for accessories.
Our top case is the Very Large Studio Lighting Wheely Bag – Case SLB750 his is our biggest case and has rigid sides to protect your kit, this can house a vast amount of Studio Lighting Kit. There is a large divider so that you can create a compartment for lightstands ans other dividers to make smaller compartments.
Supersoftbox is our best selling video lighting item and is ideal for interview and waist up type YouTube videos. Any camera can be used like a DV Camera, DSLR or Camcorder and has 4 x 50w daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs giving the equivalent out put of 800w per head.
The equivalent output is to an incandescent bulb or normal household bulb, the industry standard is to multiply the wattage of the bulb by 4 to give the approx output. Beware companies who multiply by 5 or more to make you think the output is higher, always look for the wattage of the bulb.
Constant lighting is what anyone who shoots video wants and once you have mastered your set up this can be recreated every time it gives you greater consistency.
We have some great tips on how to create your videos and if you want a white background or if you want a chroma green set up then we have some instructional videos.
White background in your video
How to Light for Chroma key
This is a versatile set up for any videographer and is a great resource to make videos giving you a standard set up. We have a 2 head Supersoftbox Lighting Kit and also a 3 head Supersoftbox Kit. If you want an overview we have a video here that will show you the Supersoftbox set up.
Super Softbox Continuous & Video Lighting Kit
If your interested in 3 point lighting then Gavin Hoey made and excellent video for us, it is very easy to understand.
Three Point Lighting Technique
If you want to go full length then we have the more powerful Lightbank Series or the Supersoftbox 5 set ups.
Chroma key all started in the movies with chroma key blue backdrop in the last few years green screen has now become the fashion chroma key green backdrops. It does not matter what colour you use but the colour you are using that colour should not appear in your subject.
You need to care for your cotton muslin backdrop because it is cotton it creases , there are several ways of reducing creases ironing is not advised as this can give a shine to the material that you don’t want. Using a hand steamer that can be picked relatively cheaply this is one way to tackle creases, the backdrop is hung up or opened up creases will diminish the other method is to use a spray bottle and mist it with water to ease the creases out. Being cotton the large backdrops can be machine washed but should be given a fairly cool wash so that any dye will not run and tumble dry to help keep the creases out and as soon as you remove from the tumble dryer get onto the background support to minimise the creases. Its a better idea to minimise the backdrop getting dirty in the first place as washing and getting the creases becomes a bit of a task.
You need to have more light coming from the background than is coming from your subject this effectively overexposes the background while keeping your subject properly exposed. Wether your shooting with a DV Cam or DSLR you need to override the settings otherwise automatic settings will try to make the background grey.
Using 5 x 105w compact fluorescent daylight balanced bulbs at 5400k in each head which gives out the equivalent of 420w of a normal household bulb, the way this is calculated is to multiply the starting wattage by 4 and this would apply to all of this type of bulb. Some companies will multiply the wattage by 5 times which makes it look like there equipment gives more power than it really does, so find out the wattage of the bulbs they are using and do your own calculation, some of these companies are not small ones either.
In the Supersoftbox 5 kits go up to a three headed kit, the 2 head kit and 3 head kits are suitable for full length portraits and for video lighting quite a big scene, on the back is 2 switches to allow 3 bulbs to be lit or 2 bulbs to be lit, the will also work with not all the bulbs in place.
We have produced a video overview of the Supersoftbox 5
We have new studio lighting arriving soon and as bags and cases take up a lot of space we are offering them at reduced prices to clear some space in our warehouse.
If you have any studio lighting whether it be studio flash or video lighting you will need somewhere to store it and you may need to take it to different locations. Well the answer is a bag or case, this keeps it all in one place and is easily transported.
We have quite a range of studio lighting bags and cases all different shapes and sizes some big some small in fact we have something to fit everyone’s needs. Starting with a Large Stand Bag, this will take up to three stands up to 105cm long it opens along its length and at one end with three pockets to slide the stands into.
The next bag is a general studio bag it has velcro dividers so you can have just a open space or use the dividers to configure it for your needs, Studio Bag Medium.
Slightly larger again with dividers and plenty of padding the Studio Bigbag
Last but not least our premium bag, Large Studio Lighting Bag – Case this although a soft case has rigid sides, reinforced corners and will take a lot of punishment. 2 front pockets one large enough to take a laptop.