I have a customer who wants to make a series of training videos for her web site. The problem is she’s located on the second floor of a city fringe office building and it presents some logistical challenges. Parking is in the basement and access is up a moving footway, then a lift.
I’ve already got a significant load to get up there with two cameras, tripods, monitor, green screen, gimbal, stands, slider, dolly etc - I have road cases and a trolley that make it quite manageable - except for my light boxes.
I’ve had some soft boxes for ages but they are cumbersome and quite fragile - and a real pain to re-assemble if I have to pack them down. This is them with and without the hoods.
So I sought a better solution.
Hello Lume Cubes.
These things are awesome. They are tiny enough to fit in a pocket of my camera bag but will punch out 1,500 lumen at full power. USB rechargeable they run for 20 minutes at full whack or 2 hours at 50%. If I need longer, I plug them in to a portable power bank clamped to the light stand or run them off the mains via a USB plug.
They even work as optical slave flashes for still photography, but I haven’t tried that yet. They also work as remote flash units for mobile phone photography.
I did get a good result with the training videos using them for fill and silhouette light in the office environment.
You can fully control them via Bluetooth from their app. I bought 2x kits that included the Lume Cube, filter mount, diffuser, warming filter and picked up the barn doors on ebay. The accessories simply mount with strong magnets.
I’ll get two more for future creative shoots down the track. So far they have proved to be an elegant solution.