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Lowel Gun Light GL-1 - highlight a subject with a fresnel lens


JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 10:30AM
I saw this Lowel GL-1 Power LED and thought it looked quite good, i assume its better than a torch due to the colour controlled LEDS and the fresnel lens.

Would also make for some good light painting of larger scenes.

Would you really use one at wedding's or elsewhere?

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2 Nov 2012 10:47AM
Yes Ive seen these used at weddings - I use the lowel ID light - http://www.lowel.com/ilight/ bit old now and as tungston the colour balance can sometimes be tricky.

Will be upgrading soon to the Ice Light - http://www.theicelight.com/ designed by Jerry Ghionis. I went on one of his workshops this year and saw it in operation and is a fantastic addition although very expensive currently.
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 11:23AM
I can't see the advantage of having an ergonomic pistol grip really,
and even for light painting, I would prefer a torch grip.

I am interested to hear what, or how this will specifically benefit wedding togs, as it was designed by 2 wedding togs.....

Just reading a response to a sceptic by one of the designers, apparently there is a stand mount under the grip, which isn't mentioned anywhere else
2 Nov 2012 11:55AM
They certainly do have a use and not just weddings, although you need to think outside the box creativity wise. Anyone thinking they would be used in the traditional church or formal shots would be confused over there use. This type of light is used to either assist with ambient and fill shadows, create a background effect or highlight tha face or faces. There is a skill in using them but if you look at the likes of Jerry Ghionis and indeed Damien Lovegrove you will see how effective they can be - like here - http://icesociety.com/about/portfolio
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 12:11PM

Quote:They certainly do have a use and not just weddings, although you need to think outside the box creativity wise. Anyone thinking they would be used in the traditional church or formal shots would be confused over there use. This type of light is used to either assist with ambient and fill shadows, create a background effect or highlight tha face or faces. There is a skill in using them but if you look at the likes of Jerry Ghionis and indeed Damien Lovegrove you will see how effective they can be - like here - http://icesociety.com/about/portfolio


This can be done with any kind of existing flash, which wont have any detrimental effect on the subject(s) pupils.
This is a small light source so unless it's being pointed directly at subject(s), will create some harsh shadows.

It is more the ergonomic pistol design I can't see the point of, as it looks bulky, meaning it will be another box(with spare battery) to carry around at an event/wedding.
A standard torch shape would be just as functional, allowing fresnel option, for both hand and stand use, and be easier to fit in with existing kit.
2 Nov 2012 12:16PM
Your absolutely right and thats why I will be purchasing an Ice Light when I have funds Grin The ID light I currently use is light in itself but with the external battery pack it does take planning when to use at a wedding.
29 Dec 2012 10:34AM
Jerrys Light and the GL-1 are two different tools

Jerrys light can not do this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXiczizS4G8

and it can not do this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4C4PAD_3Oo

Jerrys light is daylight balanced.
When do you need a daylight balanced light.
In the DAY TIME.

The GL-1 is for when you need light.
Indoors and when outdoors when the light is low.

In these situations, the ambiant light in the background is TUNGSTEN
So that means your MAIN light and background lights will be the same color temp.

If you need daylight, you add a daylight filter to the GL-1

Check it out.
www.gl1hotlight.com

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