I’m a bit obsessive. I do a lot of research about lighting fixtures and lighting techniques so I can determine the best options available. When I’m choosing a light, the key question I ask is, Can this light be effective on a variety of different productions? I want the Swiss Army knife of lighting.
For me, that light is Rosco’s new LitePad Vector. It has all the features I need to create beautiful images—and create them fast. The light that comes from the Vector is already diffused, which is not the case with the other 1×1 LED panels I have used. This diffusion allows me to use the light directly on talent without additional diffusion.
The LitePad Vector is also smaller than the typical 1×1 LED panel. It measures 8” x 8” and throws a lot of light for its size. Because I travel for 80 percent of my work, that smaller footprint is important.
All of these features allow me to use the LitePad Vector on any job—from the biggest of my productions down to the small, one-man shoots where I need to be fast and portable.
Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer and the author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook.